Saturday, June 22, 2024

Former Zebras striker laid to rest

Former Botswana XI and Gaborone United striker, Goli Director Impalampala Tibone, was laid to rest at his home village in Mapoka, in the North East District over the weekend.

He was 66 years old at the time of his death.

A close friend of former Chief Justice Julian Nganunu, Director played alongside the likes of the late Rex Morakaladi and Muller Mothelesi, both of Rollers.

At Gaborone United, he played alongside the late Geoffrey Nfila, Horatio Mahloane, Pro Mohohlo and Reuben Mgadla, among others.

Other players of his time include Uyapo Reuben Masendu, who played for Notwane Football Club and was one of the speakers at his funeral. His name, Director, was later adopted by his nephew, the late Rodger Director Tshipientsho Chikumbudzi who also played for BDF XI and the national team like his uncle.

Director was born on the 1st of July 1945 at Mapoka Village. He was the fourth born of Buka and Atamelang Tibone.
He did his primary education at Mapoka Primary School before proceeding to do a course in telecommunications. He then went to Bulawayo in the then Rhodesia where he worked for two years at Bulawayo Ploughs where he played for the company’s team.

Director then returned home to Botswana where he worked at Botswana Prisons in Gaborone where he also played for the warders.

From Botswana Prisons he worked for Schaeffers Construction Company as well as Botswana Cooperative Society where he was the Sales Manager. He then joined Botswana Books before retirement.
Back at his home village, he played for Mapoka Zebras, which later became Mapoka Home Defenders.
At the time of his death, he was still an ardent football lover who attended a lot of games in the company of Nganunu.

He leaves behind four children (two sons and two daughters) as well 12 grand children.


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