By Anita Rannoba
Debswana First Division North League (DFDL) is mourning the death of two players – Lovemore Murirwa of Sua Flamingos and Lesego Matoteng of Morupole Wanderers – who died after being involved in fatal accidents in a space of two days.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Tumo Mpatane said the duo were young gems with a very bright future in the football fraternity. He described the loss as a huge loss, unfortunate and shocking. “The passing of young players who still have bright future in football is hurting. It is a huge loss; it is a sad week for football in the country,” said Mpatane adding that “we wish to pass our deepest condolences to the families of the affected and we urge our players to be safe at all times.”
The accident involving Murirwa occurred 3 kilometres away from Sowa Town when he was on his way to training. According to chairperson of Sua Flamingos Rebagamang Sekgekge, it is reported that the driver (Murirwa) lost control of the car and hit a Mophane tree
.“He died on the spot due to excess bleeding while the other three players he was with were also injured. Alfred Mopiki sustained serious injuries and he is still in intensive care unit at the hospital. Ngwako Ranokgadi sustained minor injuries and Ogopotse Tshule broke his legs. It is a very tough time for us and very troubling to have four of our top 11 guys be in that state. I am really lost for words because the loss has not been only felt by us as his team but fans and Botswana at large,” he said.
The chairperson said the team has taken a decision to engage counsellors to assist the players through this difficult phase.The death of Matoteng is still under investigation and this publication could not solicit comments as his death is still fresh.