BPL Chairman Mr Mokganedi Mike Molefhe
Tuesday Nov 04, 2014. 14:14
Botswana Premier League is mourning one of the best fans to have been in this country.
Samuel ‘Sam’ Rakgowa, an ever smiling and joyful supporter, passed away over the weekend. He was undoubtedly the number one fan of his team Township Rollers and the national team.
In the recent second youth Africa games he was the mascot until he collapsed and fell sick. He has been in and out of the hospital since then. He succumbed to a respiratory illness after an operation in South Africa.
He was employed by the Botswana National Sports Council from 2007. As an employee of the council of sport, he looked after the national stadium and was always willing to come and assist with a smile at all times.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday for him at the National stadium at 1700 hours.
BPL CEO Bennett Mamelodi said it is a sad loss of a true servant of the game. He remembered him as a man who has contributed immensely to the Premier League and football in Botswana.
“He added color at the stadiums and overall fan mobilisation. He was a recipient of the chairman’s award two seasons ago for his devotion to the game both at his club Township Rollers and the national team. He will be missed particularly on match day. He was a humble person and that together with his humility will be missed,” Mamelodi told the BPL website.
He described him as a friend of the league and a regular at the league offices. According to Mamelodi he always wanted an update on the log, fixtures and top goal scorers.
“We have fond memories of his nature and humbleness. He pioneered a lot of things like going with donkey carts to games and new attires all the time at match venues,” Mamelodi added.