Masehe salutes the late Henyekane
Posted: 9 April 2015 Time: 12:55
Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe says the late Richard Henyekane was always very supportive of his teammates and often spoke about Ea Lla Koto's fight against relegation.
Henyekane - whose memorial service is today in Dihlabeng Town Hall in Bethlehem - died in a car crash on Tuesday morning, just three days after representing Stars in a 1-0 loss to AmaZulu in Durban.
The 31-year-old enjoyed his finest season when he won the Absa Premiership top scorer’s award in 2008/09 with 19 goals, while he also earned nine Bafana Bafana caps.
“The last time I spoke to him, on the bus back from Durban after playing Amazulu, we spoke about having a meeting with the players to discuss how we want the team to go forward,” Masehe told the club's website.
“We wanted to speak to the youngsters and help them gain the confidence needed to fulfill their potential, play well and not be scared by the situation we find ourselves in now.
“We wanted to try to bring the team together to fight our way out of this situation. He would definitely want us to fight for survival because it’s something we spoke about regularly.”
Masehe added: “He was a very good senior player. He was always trying to encourage other players, especially the strikers. He would encourage them at all times.
“Richard was a very good guy. He was the type of person who loved life and loved people and who was happy most of the time.
“If there was something he was unhappy about, he would let people know as soon as possible. He was not the type of person to talk behind someone else’s back.”