Rhee Skhosana is alive and kick­ing

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I read with in­ter­est, your col­umn Press­ing Is­sues (City Press, July 16 2017). It is in­deed very sad that leg­ends who brought so much joy to fans all over South Africa are not get­ting due recog­ni­tion.

I re­mem­ber vividly how Jef­frey “Tor­nado” Nt­si­bande tor­mented

Kaizer Chiefs in the 1980 Main­stay Cup semi­fi­nal, which ended 5-5 with Swal­lows win­ning the re­play 2-1.

What’s even sad­der is that most of them die as no­bod­ies. The cur­rent pow­ers that be in South African foot­ball are not even both­er­ing to cor­rect the sit­u­a­tion.

There is, how­ever, a small de­tail that caught my eye in your ar­ti­cle; the one about McDon­ald “Rhee” Skhosana dy­ing a few years back.

Last year, I at­tended the fu­neral of an­other foot­ball leg­end, Pa­trick “Let them Dance” Mo­lala in At­teridgeville, which was in stark con­trast to what you al­lude to in your ar­ti­cle; the who’s who of lo­cal foot­ball and politics were there. But that’s not my point.

I’d bet my last cent that one of the peo­ple who was in at­ten­dance at that fu­neral was one McDon­ald “Rhee” Skhosana.

I re­mem­ber that I even had a chat with him dur­ing the “af­ter tears”. I’m not sure which foot­baller he thought I was be­cause I’ve never played it in my life, but I was there ac­com­pa­ny­ing a close friend, Aaron “Shaka” Nkosi.

Back to your ar­ti­cle, I be­lieve you’ve started a very se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion about our he­roes of yes­ter­year.

This noise you’ve made over it must be made louder and louder un­til the pow­ers that be do some­thing about it.

Have a great day, Bra S’Bu and con­tinue with your hard-hit­ting ar­ti­cles.

Jef­frey ‘Tor­nado’ Nt­si­bande

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