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SASCOC remembers Chillies
- Updated: February 23, 2012
SASCOC on Thursday joined the South African football fraternity in mourning the passing of former Bafana Bafana star Thabang Lebese.
Lebese, who was 38, died at the Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg. He died after suffering from an undisclosed illness that saw him in and out of hospital in recent months.
Although he had stints at Ria Stars and Orlando Pirates, “Chillies”, as he was affectionately known as, will be remembered for his days at Kaizer Chiefs.
The star midfielder made his debut for the Naturena-based side in 1993, against the Buccaneers, and went on to make 220 appearances in black and gold.
Lebese moved to Orlando Pirates in 2001 after a brief spell with the now defunct Limpopo side Ria Stars, with whom he resurrected his flagging career.
In total, he played 279 top-flight matches over 13 years, but despite his obvious talent only made one Bafana Bafana appearance a 3-2 loss to Namibia in an international friendly in 1998.
Speaking on behalf of SASCOC, Chief Executive Officer Tubby Reddy expressed his sadness. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Lebeses family and friends. We have truly lost a talented son and he will be dearly missed.”