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Barker Pays Tribute To Mandela

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Clive Barker, tells the Siya crew that Nelson Mandela's death has left a huge void, not only to the people of South Africa, but to the entire sporting fraternity at large.

Mandela passed away at his Houghton home last Thursday at the age of 95.

“Over the course of the week, I have been hearing people speaking fondly about Madiba and everything they say about him is so true. He was a great leader and a source of inspiration for the people of South Africa and the world and he will be missed,” Barker told the Siya crew.

“My fondest moment with him is when he presented us the AFCON cup and the medal back in 1996. I said to him thanks Madiba for everything that you have done for us and he smiled and also thanked us in return for bringing smiles to the people of South Africa by winning the AFCON.

“That day was his biggest day because it was his inauguration day, but he left everything behind and came to watch a football match. For me that was a sign of a great leader and a sign of a man of all seasons. His death has left a huge void in South African sport," added the Mpumalanga Black Aces coach.

“To his family, I would like to say that the whole country and the world are with you during this time of sorrow. We all loved Madiba because he was a magnificent person and we share your pain and loss, “concluded Barker.

Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

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