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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tribute to April ‘Styles’ Phumo

April ‘Styles’ Phumo
1937 – 2011

April 'Styles' Phumo

“When South Africa was readmitted to international football, Bra Styles introduced us to Lesotho football. At that time Bra Styles was one of the top coaches in Lesotho. We have lost one of the highly qualified coaches on the continent. He was highly educated when it came to coaching education on the continent and recognised as an instructor by CAF and Fifa.” – Premier Soccer League chairman, Orlando Pirates chairman, Irvin Khoza

“I was honoured to meet him at Arsenal. Had read a lot about him and saw his achievements in South Africa. Bless his soul. Rest in peace.” – Ukeje Ezenwa Maduabuchi, football fan

“Bra Styles has been sick for some time but we never thought he would leave us so early. I used to visit him at Edenvale Hospital where he always wanted me to bring him Chinese food. We were hoping he would recover. Bra Styles was very passionate about coaching. Most coaches in Africa, including myself, learnt a lot from him.” – Former Bafana Bafana coach Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala

“He was a professional par excellence. Bra Styles used to coach my club when we were still in the PSL. He was such a wonderful coach to work with. The man was passionate about development. He made a great contribution to South African football, especially at my team where groomed a lot of youngsters. He didn't pick his team on names, but selected hard-working players. I also respected him in terms of his working with assistant coaches. He always involved them and never treated them as ball boys.” – Former Ria Stars chairperson Ria Ledwaba

“You were not only a coach but a friend, brother, father, mentor, role model statesman. Words fail to describe the role you played in our lives. You will forever be remembered. I am what I am today as a result of Styles Phumo.” – Lesotho Football Association vice-president Tlholo Letete

Or simply 'Bra Styles'
“This is a difficult time for his family and friends, and as a football association we would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to all of them in this hour of need. Phumo was one of the best coaches ever to set foot in this country, and was a great educator, very passionate about the game.” – Safa president Kirsten Nematandani

“He was a great coach, friend, mentor, comedian… he touched so many lives in so many ways. He will be dearly missed. Personally, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for his guidance. I am devastated.” – Former Arsenal, Lesotho goalkeeper and captain Thabane Sutu

“He was a father figure to me and always encouraged me to work hard so as to play for Bafana Bafana one day. I was happy that I ended up meeting him again when I started playing for Bafana.” – Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi


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