By Lwazi Dlamini
The South African football flag is flying at half-mast following the demise of Mamelodi Sundowns long-serving Communications Manager and staunch supporter Alex ‘Mr. Goldfinger’ Shakoane.
According to several South African media outlets, Shakoane passed away on Sunday after suffering from a stroke and taking ill for some time. Shakoane loved Mamelodi Sundowns immensely and was a loyal servant of football in Mamelodi, Tshwane, and the whole of South Africa. He was involved in Sundowns from its formative years in the 1970s.
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The Chairman of Mamelodi Sundowns Tlhopie Motsepe said in a statement: “The Motsepe family, the Board, the Supporters, and all the members of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family mourn and are deeply saddened by the passing of Alex ‘Goldfinger’ Shakoane whom we all loved dearly. Bra Alex’s life was all about Mamelodi Sundowns, and we will miss his unique contributions and larger-than-life personality.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shakoane family, his friends, and all Masandawana.
Further details regarding the memorial and funeral service will be announced in due course. Alex Shakoane will forever live in the hearts and minds of all Masandawana.”