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Former Orlando Pirates star Ernest 'Botsotso' Makhanya died this afternoon

Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 19:31

Former Orlando Pirates star Ernest 'Botsotso' Makhanya, 49, died this afternoon at the Selby Park Hospital in Johannesburg. 

This was confirmed to by his niece Gugu Makhanya.   He had been ill for the past two months and was admitted to hospital on Monday.   Botsotso joined Pirates in 1985 from amateur side Dlhamini Super Spurs and made his professional debut in the National Soccer League the same year.    He played alongside Ace Khuse, Zero Mogale, Phil Setshedi, Bazooka Seshweni, Yster Khomane, Mandla Sithole, Vincent Makroti, Ronny Zondi, Styles Ledwaba and others.   The midfielder played for ten years (1985-1995) at Pirates and was a crowd favourite.   Kick Off extends heartfelt condolences to Makhanya's family, relatives and friends.  

Article by: KICK OFF

Previous comments on this story...
posted: 07:52 pm
If it happens to be true because I personally don;t trust KO these day, then this is a great loss to SA football.
posted: 07:58 pm
Robala ka khut$o morena makhanya re tla dula re o gopola ka mehla.
posted: 08:09 pm
is it true editor? den if it so i'd like 2 pass my sincere condolences 2 hs family&friend. May hs soul rest in peace.
posted: 08:12 pm
2the family n frnds aninodvwa kulemanti anehlele kepha yonke iningizimu afrika nezimnyama ngekani sith ulale ngocolo tso
posted: 08:17 pm
Rest in peace MaKhandakhanda!

The only penalty specialist I know of, from ebhuqwini to ka-Pro, the last original 'Tso', before the name was given to chancers......'Ziyohamba izinsizwa, kuyosala izibongo'! Tso, tso, tso, tso!
On second thoughts,,,, this nickname should be ritired....Vilakazi will be 'Tso-tsi o hlathang', and that old rookie at Chiefs must be Gerald 'NTsu-Snuff' Sibeko. nx.
posted: 08:21 pm
May your soul RIP. I hope this is not Mr. toothless.
posted: 08:21 pm
Hamba kahle Buccanneer elihle u served de Ghost with pride n we in return luvd u. May God bless u n comfort ur family in diz trying tyms. Surely abo Zodwa, Manyathela, Leremi, Cliford Moleko, ntate Chipa Moloi, Mzioni n all ada beautiful Ghosts r waiting 4 u in heaven in great song n dance.

Lala ngoxolo baba.
posted: 08:22 pm
Rest in peace my bra we alwayz remember u n what u done during yr heydayz
posted: 08:38 pm
May his soul RIP .
posted: 08:49 pm
If its true, Rest In Peace 'tso' who can forget 1988 Bob Save Cup final...
posted: 09:00 pm
May his soul RIP.
S.A Only Goldstar
posted: 09:03 pm
Rest in peace bucajuju!@least you lived to see the world cup & the Treble.
posted: 09:25 pm
The only player i know to have never missed a penalty. May his soul rest in peace. Once a Pirates always a Pirates
posted: 09:32 pm
Robala ka khotso Lebuccaneer.
Lefu le manyala baneng ba batho.
posted: 09:32 pm
I remember vividly when Bucs thrashed my favorite club Amakhosi with "Tso" starring in that thriller. You mesmerised the opposition with your great skills. Even if I'm a staunch fan of Amakhosi, I used to enjoy watching you tearing defenders to shreds. Rest in peace bro!! You've left an impeccable legacy!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 10:04 pm
Rest In Peace, Buccaneer!
posted: 10:10 pm
to makhanya family god knows what he doing
posted: 11:07 pm
posted: 11:25 pm
RIP Botsotso,you were one of my favourite of the most educated left footed player ever to come of S.A
posted: 12:40 am
may his soul rest in peace once pirate always a pirate
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