Stars, Celtic pay respects to the legend

Rantsi Mokoena and Chabeli Motsamai have paid respects to the Bloemfontein Celtic founder and legend, Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela, who passed away on Sunday. Former owner served as an Honorary Life President of the club and was an instrumental figure when he bought the team back in 1975. Mokoena, Free State Stars' General Manager described the ‘white headed legend' as the man who ran a good race while Motsamai, Celtic COO, concurred, adding the 83-year-old’s hard work was witnessed by many in the football fraternity. “On behalf of the chairman (Mike Mokoena) and the entire Free State Stars team and supporters, I’d like to pass our condolences to the Molemela family. Football fraternity has lost a legend. I think he lived a great life, ran a good race and we wish his family and the entire fraternity comfort. May his soul rest in peace,” Mokoena told Dumelang Sport. Motsamai said: “It has really been a tough week for us as the family of Bloemfontein Celtic. I think rightfully so, the whole country, the entire football nation has been mourning this week; they are really affected. He added: But, ‘Ntate’ has lived for quite a long time; he has done his work on earth and we didn’t need a witness to see all the great work he had done; we saw and experienced it. So, let his soul entirely rest in peace. We’re glad of the work he had put for us; some of us are here at Celtic because of the legacy he has left behind, so we are really grateful for that, and just accept it is God’s will.” The memorial service will be held on Friday, 31 March 2017, at St John Church in Batho Location at 11am, and the funeral will take place on Tuesday, 04th April 2017. 

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