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Motion Without Notice:

Mr. C. Maine moved that the Council: -

1. Notes with sadness the passing away of former Bafana Bafana coach April "Styles" Phumo who died in a Bloemfontein private hospital on Sunday, aged 74, after a long battle with cancer.

2. Phumo was thrust into the job of Bafana coach in 2003, shortly before the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia after the untimely firing of current SA Under-23 coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba.

3. After being replaced by Stuart Baxter as coach Styles Phumo continued serving SAFA in various capacities for many years, coaching a number of age-group teams and made a huge contribution in the area of football development.

4. He first made an impact in SA soccer in the 1990s as the coach of Bloemfontein Celtic and greatly enhanced the stature of the Free State club through the clinical, exciting brand of soccer they displayed.

5. He was born in SA, but Phumo spent many years in Lesotho, coaching the national team and becoming a revered legend. When President Sepp Blatter opened a Fifa-sponsored development complex in Maseru in 2002, Phumo was described as "the most famous name in football to emerge from Lesotho".

6. A few months before his death, Phumo bravely accepted the job of coaching PSL First Division club Atlie FC, but his health was deteriorating fast and he was forced to relinquish the position.

7. We want to salute this staunch and dedicated football stalwart and express our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Phumo family.

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