By: Ramaredi Machethe
Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Ms Thandi Moraka is saddened by the confirmation of the passing of Mamelodi Sundowns FC defender Motjeka Madisha. This comes after the family of the late defender met with the pathologists on Thursday 28 January 2021, who confirmed through DNA test results that the driver who passed away in a horrific car accident on December 12, 2020 is a member of the Madisha family.
Motjeka was nothing short of a talented and humble young man whose life was changed when he chose to pursue football as a career. He was born on 12th January 1995 in Ga-Madisha-Leolo village in Zebediela, Limpopo Province, South Africa. He broke into the football scene in 2014 when he joined M Tigers and perfected his skills. In 2015 he joined Highlands Park and stayed in the team up until 2016, and by the time he left the team, he had made two match appearances.
In 2016, he landed a chance at Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, and the opportunity helped in cementing his name in the PSL. He made his debut for the club on 14 September 2016, helping Mamelodi Sundowns keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Motjeka made One Hundred and Twenty-Three (123) match appearances for Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club and scored a total of Six (06) goals. Madisha represented the national team and registered a record of Thirteen (13) match appearances and scoring one (01) goal in the 3-0 victory against Botswana in the 2018 COSAFA CUP.
“This is too sad for football and sports fraternity in the province, the country and the world at large. Madisha has contributed a lot to the promotion of sports in this province. We have lost a legend as a province and what is more painful is that he passed away a day after he was awarded by the department with a gold status during last years’ provincial sports awards, may his soul rest in peace” says MEC Moraka