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Te­boho Mokoena’s late fa­ther, Alexis ‘Didi’ Mo­taung [left], is a former mid­fielder who made his name at Free State Stars be­fore join­ing Hel­lenic un­der Gavin Hunt. Mokoena’s busi­ness man­ager Trevor Mose­hathebe played with Mo­taung at Hel­lenic, and the two were very close friends. “Be­fore Didi passed away, he told me about his boy who is a soc­cer player and asked me to look after him,” Mose­hathebe re­calls. “When Didi ar­rived at Hel­lenic, I used to share a flat with the late Solly Phetla. Gavin Hunt wanted Didi to set­tle down quickly in Cape Town and asked him to stay with us. We wel­comed him and de­vel­oped a good friend­ship. The fact that the three of us spoke SeSotho made things easy. He was a great per­son – he was al­ways laugh­ing and was fun to be around. He was re­served and spoke only when spo­ken to. His son is very sim­i­lar to Didi and he was also a good player.”

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