Gaborone ‑ Death returned to strike another blow to Botswana football following the death of a prominent administrator on Friday night, to see the year end the way it started ‑ bitterly.
After losing nine players to car accidents in 2018 alone, Botswana football was left poorer after a Botswana Football Association executive committee member and Mochudi Centre Chiefs club official, Clifford Mogomotsi died in a car crash on Friday night.
Mogomotsi was a well-known and affable administrator who was credited with turning around the fortunes of a struggling Centre Chiefs in the early 2000s, to a force to reckon with in Botswana football.
He died just before midnight on Friday when another vehicle rammed into his stationery car in the capital Gaborone.
Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi was among those who paid tribute to the fallen Mogomotsi.
"I would like to send my sincere condolences to the Mogomotsi family for the passion of their son, Clifford Mogomotsi over the weekend. This is a great loss not only to the family, but to the Botswana football fraternity at large," Masisi said on his official Facebook page.
Centre Chiefs fierce rivals, Township Rollers also send their condolences.
"It was with great sadness and shock that Township Rollers Football Club learnt of the passing on of Mochudi Centre Chiefs Vice Chairman, BFA NEC member and Kgatleng Regional Football Association Chairman Clifford Mogomotsi.
"The management, staff, technical team, players and members of Township Rollers take this opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr Mogomotsi and to the Mochudi Centre Chiefs family. In mourning his passing, we also acknowledge and salute his contribution to local football," Rollers said in a statement.
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) said football had lost a great warrior in Mogomotsi, who was instrumental in transforming Chiefs and advocating for a more professional set up at national level.
A memorial service for the late Mogomotsi was held in Gaborone on Thursday, before burial at his home village, Mochudi, 40km north of Gaborone, on Saturday.
Botswana football has reeled from untimely deaths of, particularly, players in the last two years, with 11 dead from car accidents and heart failure since May 2017. Seven players died at the beginning of 2018, and the death of Mogomotsi ensures a bitter end to a forgettable year.