TRIBUTES have been pouring in for the Ajax Cape Town defender, Cecil Lolo, who was killed in a car accident on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old, who made his PSL debut back in 2010, helped the Urban WarÂriors win the MTN 8 Cup â€“ beating Kaizer Chiefs 1 â€“ 0 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, in September.
â€œWe are devastated by the news. It is a great loss. We have lost a brother,â€? commented Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kaizer chiefs skipper.
â€œOn behalf of the team, I send our deepest condolences to Loloâ€™s family and Ajax Cape Town. As players, we are opponents on the field and one as a people,â€? Tshabalala said.
Thomas Sitsholwane, a die-hard Ajax fan, said he was gutted by the sudden death of Lolo.
â€œWeâ€™re very sad to lose someone like that, especially now when his performance was starting to pick up and his aim was actually to also be selected in the national team by Shakes Mashaba. Lolo was outstanding,â€? said Sitsholwane.
â€œHe will be sorely missed by the Ajax Cape Town fraternity,â€? he added.
Ajax Cape Town CEO, Ari Efstathiou, said they will miss their â€œbrave warriorâ€?.
â€œWe will miss him terribly, all of us, his team mates, the kids in the academy, the staff and all our supporters. Itâ€™s a void that just canâ€™t be filled.
â€œThe only motivation that is left is that we dedicate the season to him and make sure that his memory is remembered in the success of this 2015 season,â€? said Efstathiou. â€œWatch us from above and guide us like you did when you were with us. Your laughter and wonderful personality will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace our warrior,â€? he said.
Meanwhile, Max Tshabalala, chairman of Bloemfontein Celtic, said Loloâ€™s untimely death has robbed the country of a brilliant talent.
â€œHearing such shocking news this morning (Sunday) left me confused and I felt numb, just thinking of the talent Lolo possessed,â€? he said.