South African Football Fraternity Mourns the Late Makhosi Luthuli! The cancer left her with a tumour on her face which she had been bravely fighting since 2011.
Luthuli’s tumour was eventually removed by a team of doctors in Pretoria.
Her passing saw many of the football fraternity mourn the loss of a South African football legend. Luthuli had been part of the Banyana Banyana set up since 1997.
Her international career spanned 8 years, as she retired in 2005. She since continued her work in South African football even after retiring.
“We have lost a legend, one of the pioneers of women football following our readmission into the FIFA family,” SAFA President Danny Jordaan said on the SAFA website.
Current Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis spent many years alongside Makhosi Luthuli. The two were international teammates for many a year.
“She was always smiling, a hard worker and very dedicated to serving the team,’’ Ellis remembered Luthuli.
“We have lost an honest and principled individual. May her soul rest in peace,” Ellis added.
Former Banyana Banyana international and football pundit Amanda Dlamini also took the time to remember Makhosi Luthuli.
“One of our own has fallen. Former Banyana Banyana stalwart Makhosi Luthuli had been fighting cancer for more than 7 years. You were always so positive and never showed any fear. Your story of bravery & courage on and off the field will live in our hearts forever. Dlamini said on her Twitter.
“Sincere condolences to the entire football family. May her soul rest in eternal peace, in our eyes she will remain a champion of women in sport” Dlamini concluded
South African Football Fraternity Mourns the Late Makhosi Luthuli!