Free State Stars chair to be laid to rest on Friday

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The funeral service of Free State Stars founding owner, Mike Mokoena, will be held at the Methodist church in Bohlokong, Bethlehem on Friday.

Mokoena was also one of the founding members of the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

He will be accorded a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category Two.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed that the national flag flies at half-mast in the Free State on Friday.

“Bro Mike”, as Mokoena was affectionately known, died last Wednesday at the age of 68 after losing a battle with cancer.

In the video below, Mike Mokoena remembered for his goodwill deeds:

Mokoena’s club was formed at the Makwane village in QwaQwa 43 years ago.

He, however, sold the status to the PSL in 2002 when the league reduced clubs from 18 to 16.

Mokoena later bought the status of the first division club, Maholosiane FC, in 2003.

Among other honours, they became Second Division champions in 1985, and won the 1994 Coca Cola Cup against Hellenic, in the game in which former striker, Bunene Ngaduane was unstoppable.

Mokoena’s insatiable lust for football did not end there.

Under his stewardship, the club regained their Premiership status in 2005 after winning the then Mvela Golden League.

Ea Lla Koto, as Stars are endearingly called, were relegated in the 2005/6 season.

Even though the Stars did well in the 2017/18 season by claiming the Nedbank Cup, they got relegated the following season.