Foot­ball fra­ter­nity mourns Ntate Pitso

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The foot­ball fam­ily is mourn mourn­ing the un­timely death of former Premier League Man­age­ment Co Com­mit­tee and Li­oli pub­lic re­la­tion re­la­tions of­fi­cer (PRO), Moeketsi Pits Pitso (pic­tured), last Satur­daySaturda af­ter a long ill­ness.

Ntate Pitso, w who was born on 21 Se Septem­ber 1968, had be­com be­come syn­ony­mous with Le­sotho foot­ball hence h his death was such a bo body blow to a game t that was des­per­ately still in need of his un­doubted a ad­min­is­tra­tive t ta­lent. Afte Af­ter le leav­ing his premier lea league po­tion dur­ing 20 2009/10 se sea­son wher where he was work­ing un­der th the lead­er­ship of Tl­holo Letete, Ntate Pi Pitso ded­i­cated his time to L Li­oli — a club he loved with such ad­mirable pas­sion.

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the Thotanyana has de­scribed Ntate Pitso’s death as “a big loss” to Le­sotho foot­ball.

“The pass­ing away of Ntate Pitso is a big loss to our club Li­oli, and the foot­ball fra­ter­nity as a whole,” Thotanyana said.

“his pass­ing away is also a big loss to me per­son­ally as he was a friend, a col­league, a brother and we shared a lot work­ing to­gether.”

The Li­oli pres­i­dent, who is also the min­is­ter of min­ing, fur­ther told the Le­sotho Times that Ntate Pitso leaves “a big gap” af­ter work­ing as the club’s PRO for over 10 years.

“he was the long­est-serv­ing mem­ber of our com­mit­tee and worked with previous other pres­i­dents that came be­fore me; he took over from Le­bo­hang Maketa, who is now the PRO of Free State Stars in South Africa,” said Thotanyana.

“he helped build a brand that we have in Li­oli to­day and the club will for­ever miss his pas­sion and hard work.”

his close friend and Sun­dawana pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Bokang Phusumane, said the death of Ntate Pitso had hit him hard be­cause the Li­oli leg­end was a men­tor to him.

“I de­vel­oped and started work­ing as a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer un­der him when I was the PRO for Li­oli sup­port­ers based in Maseru,” Phusumane said.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence laid a good foun­da­tion for me be­cause soon af­ter­wards, I be­came Likhopo’s PRO and he was still by my side, lend­ing me a help­ing hand each time I needed ad­vise.

“The same sup­port con­tin­ued even when I left Likhopo for Bantu be­fore I joined Sun­dawana about a month ago.”

Pha­sumane said the one thing he would re­mem­ber Ntate Pitso for was his pas­sion for foot­ball and pro­mot­ing the Li­oli brand.

“he was very friendly, lov­ing and help­ful to all those around him and we are all very sad that he is gone so soon,” said Pha­sumane.

On his part, Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Thabo Maret­lane, also had noth­ing but praise for Ntate Pitso.

“The foot­ball fra­ter­nity has lost one of its favourite sons and the loss is so painful,” Maret­lane said.

“What I re­mem­ber about Ntate Pitso is he loved foot­ball and its growth. he worked so hard to im­prove the stan­dard of the game and also unite those who loved the beau­ti­ful game.

“I knew he had been sick for some time, but we all thought that he would re­cover. All we can do now is sup­port his fam­ily and help them come to terms with the loss of a loved one.”

Li­oli at­tack­ing mid­fielder Mon­toeli Sonopo said the team was strug­gling to come to terms with the pass­ing away of Ntate Pitso.

“It’s a sad sit­u­a­tion be­cause we all found him here at the club and took him as our fa­ther,” Sonopo said.

“We are coun­selling each other as we strug­gle to ac­cept that he is gone. how­ever, we will al­ways re­mem­ber him for the hard work he put in to pro­mote this team.”

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