SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan has described the late Leepile Taunyane (who died today as a true giant of South African football.
Dr Jordaan said Taunyane’s death came as shock to the football family and the void he leaves will be difficult to fill.
“We have lost a true giant and founding father of South African football. He served in many capacities whether within SAFA (he was an honorary member of SAFA) or the Premier Soccer League. This man was a loyal servant of the game,” mourned Dr Jordaan.
The SAFA President said he remembers the late Taunyane for his unassuming and calm demeanour, insightfulness and great wisdom especially during difficult times.
The late Taunyane was instrumental in the introduction of the Telkom Charity, an event whose proceeds helped several charity organisations across the country.
“He was the bridge-builder of social challenges and football. He used the beautiful game to make a contribution to the social needs of societies. This is the man who helped football build its first own stadium, something that was prohibited by the apartheid regime.
“South Africa has lost a true servant of the game,” concluded Dr Jordaan.