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Ria – Moeti Should’ve Been Celebrated

Former SAFA Vice President Ria Ledwaba has joined South Africans in mourning the passing of the late John “Dungi” Moeti. 

The former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder’s passing was announced early last week following an eight months long illness.

Moeti was part of the 1995 CAF Champions League-winning Pirates side and the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning Bafana Bafana team.

Ledwaba, now in charge of the portfolio for Women in Sport coordinating, disability and school sports at the Limpopo Sports Confederations said Moeti was too young to die, adding that he should have been celebrated more.

“It’s a pity. I know he was still very young, he wasn’t old at 55 years old. I know that when we were organising the gallery of legends, an event for the World Cup for the Morocco game, he was one of the people that we tried to contact,” she told the media in Polokwane on Tuesday.

“He was one of the legends that were invited to that occasion at Freedom Park. But unfortunately the numbers [cellphone] that we got, we never got hold of him.

“I personally tried the number that I was given for him. It’s a pity, it’s a sad story. He is one of the players that brought so much excitement when he was playing for Pirates. He played for the national team, he is a legend.

“When we talk about legends in South Africa, John Moeti is one of those legends that should have been celebrated.

“It’s just a pity and we just hope the family has the strength from God to be able to prepare for whatever they are going to prepare for the funeral.”

Moeti was laid to rest on Saturday, in a ceremony that was attended by family, friends and former teammates.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.