Maluleke pays tribute to Tshehla

Tshehla, who is related to Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Percy Tau, passed on in a car accident.

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The 26-year-old joined Rise and Shine halfway through last season from National First Division outfit Witbank Spurs. He made six Absa Premiership appearances for the club in this campaign, before his untimely death.

“At the moment it’s a sad loss because he was part of the family. The news don’t sit well with us, but we just need to thank God for the opportunity we had with Mogau and the memories we create with him. May his soul rest in peace. He is a player who never said much. He was a soldier. We will miss him,” Maluleke said in a press conference which was held by City this morning.

City coach Bernard Molekwa says Tshehla was humble and he was an important member of the team. He played 90 minutes in City’s last two league matches against AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town.

“Yes, in Tshehla we have lost one of our family. He is one of the players we needed, not only me, but the whole team because he was important. He was a good player and a hard worker. He was humble,” Molekwa said.

“Most of the time you speak to him, he will do exactly what you ask him to do. He played two important games for us and he played well. We were looking forward to getting more from him because he always gave his best at training and on the pitch. It’s really sad to lose a player like Tshehla. But this is a situation we don’t have control over. We just say may his soul rest in peace.”