South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan has described the passing of SABC Sport soccer analyst, David Kekana, as a big loss to the sporting industry.

This as tributes continue to pour in for Kekana whose passing on Sunday has shocked his colleagues who’ve described him as a knowledgeable and diligent person.

News of Kekana’s passing on Sunday spread like wildfire after he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital two weeks ago.

The ever-smiling Kekana had worked at the SABC for 18 years after working at a Sunday newspaper.

The 47 year-old had travelled the world during his time at the SABC, covering major soccer events. Among those, was the announcement of South Africa as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 2004 and also covering the tournament itself.

“David Kekana’s loss will be felt by all of us and we are all sad that we have lost a person, not only in our country but on the continent. He had established himself as a major contributor to football in the country,” says Jordaan.

Colleagues, who worked with Kekana over the years, have described him as knowledgeable and thorough in his work.

Executive Producer at SABC Sport Joe Phetla says, “His passing to us is a great loss and it’s not easy to describe the man of his calibre. We will always miss him and cherish him. May his soul rest in peace.”

SABC Sport presenter Thomas Mlambo says, “The loss is beyond belief.”

Soccer analyst Codjoe Amankwa says, “Condolences to David’s family and his SABC colleagues who worked with him for many years and may his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Details of his memorial and funeral services will be made known as soon as they’ve been finalised.

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