Sundowns legend dies

Mamelodi Sundowns National Supporters co-ordinated Daisy Kgopa with Conti Ratsoma, who died last Thursday. Photo Supplied.

Mamelodi Sundowns legend, Conti Ratsoma has died.

Ratsoma, of Mamelodi East Section 14, was one of the finest Mamelodi Sundowns during the formative years of the club.

He died of kidney failure at the age of 60 at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday.

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After his retirement, Ratsoma had joined the Sundowns Legends Football Club.

Mamelodi Sundowns National Supporters co-ordinated Daisy Kgopa said she was shocked to learn of his death.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved legend. He was the first captain of Sundowns in the time of Dr Itsweng and Dr Sebotsane.

He will be truly missed and we will include him in our daily prayers. He will still live in our hearts and minds. We believe he is at peace with our Heavenly Father. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP,” said Kgopa.

“He was a devoted member of Sundowns Legends, who made it his responsibility to be part of all community activities in Mamelodi.

“He reached out to young people through soccer tournaments. As Legends members we got boys together during the school holidays. We trained them, arranged competitions and motivated them.”

Ratsoma is survived by his wife and three children.

His family said they were deeply saddened by his death but believed he played his part here on earth well.

His eldest son, Bushi (38), said he wished they’d had more time with him, and his youngest Koketso (24) said he hoped to one day follow in his father’s footsteps and play for Sundowns.

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Rekord understands that Ratsoma was rushed to hospital a week before his death.

A memorial service for Ratsoma will be held at Reformed Church near Uoane Primary School in Mamelodi East at 14:00 on Thursday and he will be buried on Saturday.

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Stephen Selaluke
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