SAFA Mourns For Referee Eketsang Setloboko

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The South African football fraternity is mourning the passing away of referee Setloboko, who had been officiating in the PSL since 2015
The South African Football Association (Safa) has lost one of its match officials in a car accident. Referee Eketsang Setloboko lost his life in a tragic car accident on Friday night, the country’s FA said on Saturday morning.

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It’s been reported that two other people died in the crash near St John’s Church in Mount Fletcher. Boitumelo Setloboko and Kgotsang ‘KG’ Leeaka have been named as the other victims.

In a recent interview with City Press, Setloboko shared his experience of taking the reigns when Chiefs played Pirates. His passion for the game – and commitment to doing the right thing – really shone through when he explained how the nerves got to him the night before:

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Safa Tweeted on Saturday morning: “One of rising National Panel referees‚ Eketsang Setloboko‚ has passed away. He passed on in an accident last [Friday] night. He was [travelling] from Mount Fletcher‚ Eastern Cape & recently handled the Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates derby at FNB Stadium”.

Safa’s profile on their website of the referee stated: “Eketsang Setloboko has officiated in various Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches since his debut in 2014 where he was responsible for the game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits.“Setloboko was born on 18 August 1989 in the Eastern Cape small town of Mount Fletcher.“He has served on the national panel for five years and has now been on the Fifa panel for a year.”Setloboko was a South Africa Police Services constable.

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