MASERU — Former Likuena team doctor, Tšenoli Putsoane, has died.
Putsoane died on February 11 after an illness.
“It is with great regret that the Lesotho Football Association announces the death of Dr Tšenoli Putsoane, who was the national team’s doctor, after an illness,” Mikea Kalati,
Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) communications officer, said in a statement on Monday.
Putsoane, 44, will be buried at his home in Morija on Saturday.
He headed the national team’s medical team from 2006 until last November when he stepped down due to illness.
Putsoane graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Zambia.
The late doctor worked at several hospitals in Lesotho including Scott Hospital and Care Well Primary Health Clinic before venturing into private practice.
Likuena team manager Khiba Mohoanyane said Putsoane’s death is a great loss to the football fraternity.
“Ntate Putsoane was a committed doctor who was passionate about his work,” Mohoanyane said.
“He was just not committed and passionate about his work as a medical doctor but he had love for our football.”
He said Putsoane had for the past few years been helping Likuena on a voluntary basis.
“He worked with teams like Likhopo, Under-17 and Under-20, Mehalalitoe as well as Likuena as their team doctor for a long time and he was just doing it out of love for the game.
“You will remember that at Lefa people are not paid and he was one of the very few who stood by the association and helped the teams out of love.
“The gap he has left in our football fraternity cannot be closed by anybody, not in our lifetime.”
“The football family has lost a great person,” he said.