SA honours, mourns sporting heroes
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – AN emotional ceremony has been held to honour South Africa’s shining stars following a successful yet tragic sporting year for the country.
A moving session held in Sandton celebrated the accomplishments of late Bafana Bafana skipper Senzo Meyiwa who was shot dead during a botched robbery in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, in October.
He was posthumously honoured alongside female boxer, Phindile Mwelase, and former world athletics champion, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, as well as ex-rugby star, Martinus Lee.
The mood was celebratory later as the country’s national junior and senior national soccer teams received the Minister’s Award. For qualifying for continental tournaments.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Portia Modise, AB de Villiers, Noko Matlou and Lucas Radebe received individual honours for excelling in their respective codes.
Earlier, Bafana coach, Ephraim Mashaba, was named Coach of the Year for guiding the underdogs to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after years of underchievement.
Banyana star, Modise would eventually claim the biggest accolde of the evening, the Sports Star of the Year Award, voted for by members of the public.
– CAJ News
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