Well-known football academy owner dies

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The family of a well-known football academy owner, Jerry Ramohlale (middle, main picture) have confirmed the news of his passing.

Ramohlale who hails from Turfloop, outside of Polokwane in Limpopo died on Monday, following a short-illness.

The 49-year-old, who would have turned 50 on 1 February, is most famous for unearthing players such as Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana, Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Richard Rantjie, Tlou Molekwane, Vincent Kobola and Edgar Manaka.

He was also a mentor to local coaches such as Percy Motloutsi, Thomas Thema, Thabo Sako, Sello Chokoe and Machete Willy Moloto.

“One of our own passed on last night and as a family, we can confirm that indeed he has passed on,” Jerry’s brother, Alex Ramohlale confirmed to FARPost.

“He passed on after a short-illness which involves respiratory failure, if I may put it that way.

“As one of the five siblings in the Ramohlale family, he was one of those outstanding people in their field. He was able to unearth a lot of talent, more especially in Limpopo. Most of the boys who have moved to big teams passed through his skilful coaching,” said Alex.

Ramohlale started the Tshiamo Soccer Academy in Turfloop in the mid-90s which later changed to Turfloop Soccer Academy at the time of his passing.

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