SA robbed of yet another soccer legend

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - South Africa plunged into mourning this week following the murder of former Bafana Bafana soccer legend Marc Batchelor.

Batchelor was shot and killed on Monday evening while in his car at his house in Olivedale, Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that Batchelor died at the scene and nothing was taken from his vehicle adding that they are investigating further.

“The former professional footballer was shot through the window of his car several times and died at the scene," Dlamini said.

The motive for the killing was still unknown by the time of going to print though speculation was high that the shooting may have been a hit.

Alleged underworld kingpin, Nafiz Modack, who was an associate to the former soccer star, is reported to have said he was aware of those who could have been behind the murder.

"My comment to those who shot him is that they should be afraid, very afraid. I know who was after him. He was a family man and not one for war," he said

Meanwhile fans from around the country have been flooding social media with messages of disbelief and condolences after the apparent hit on Batchelor.

Many fans decried the way in which he died.

Batchelor remains one of the few players who played for the big three clubs in South Africa -- Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 49-year-old striker also had a short spell at KV Oostende in Belgium.

He started his professional career as a striker but was converted to a defender late in his career.

He was part of the historic Pirates team that won the 1995 CAF Champions Cup, as well as the Super Cup in 1996.

   

 

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