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RIP Alfred Helepi

Bloemfontein Celtic have joined the masses in the local football fraternity and business sector in mourning the death of former Moroka Swallows player, Alfred Helepi.

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Helepi, 71, was shot dead in his house after the Easter weekend. Celtic confirmed about the funeral details on the club’s official website.

Alfred ‘Chencha’ Helepi who was brutally murdered at his house last week was not only a renowned businessman, especially in Bloemfontein but a former professional player who used to don the maroon & white colours of Moroka Swallows. After retiring he was still actively involved playing for the former professional player’s legends team in Mangaung.

Bloemfontein Celtic Chairman, Max Tshabalala had this to say about this legend that played for a team that has produced exceptional talent like Andries Maseko, Joel Ace Mnini, Paradise Sello to mention but a few.

“Bra Helepi was a true example of a seasoned professional who believed in guiding the youngsters and most importantly was extremely proud about being a Bloemfontein man. We have lost an icon. On behalf of Celtic, allow me to express our deepest condolences. Death robbed us of such an amazing character that has massively contributed to the growth of so many since his retirement from football,” Said Tshabalala.

Batho Batsho Bakopane (B3) Funerals & Insurance brokers, who are the Bloemfontein Celtic official sleeve sponsor, will play a pivotal role in making sure Helepi is ceremoniously laid to rest with all the respect he deserves.

Details related to Helepi’s Funeral are as follows:

• Wednesday 6th April there will be memorial service organised by the family that will be held at Kagisho Comprehensive School main hall based at Phahameng Location starting from 15h00.

• On Sunday the 10th April the funeral service will be held at the same hall from 07h30 and cortege will leave for cemetery at 10h45.

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Soccer Laduma would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Helepi family during this difficult time of grief. 

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