27 November 2011

South Africa: Safa Mourns the Passing of April 'Styles' Phumo

The South African Football Association (SAFA) is mourning the passing away of former Bafana Bafana head coach April "Styles" Phumo. The Lesotho-born Phumo succumbed to cancer on Sunday, 27 November 2011 in the morning. He was 74 years old.

"This is a difficult time for his family and friends, and as the Football Association we would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to all all of them at this hour of need. Phumo was one of the best coaches ever to set foot in this country, and was a great educator, very passionate about the game.

At his age he was still active in coaching, and he will be dearly missed. The sport has lost a great gentleman and an asset. May his soul rest in peace," said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.

Styles was the first coach of the Senior Men's National Team of Lesotho before moving to South Africa where he started his coaching career with Bloemfontein Celtic.

He has also coached Ria Stars, the South African Under 20 and 23 Men's National Teams. He also had a stint with Banyana Banyana.

In 2002 he was in charge of Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia. He then became assistant to head coach Trott Moloto in the following edition of the competition in Nigeria in 2002.

He has also coached National First Division side United FC, before moving to Atlie FC in the same division.

Funeral arrangements are still being organised.

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