GUMARE MOURNS FALLEN SOCCER HEROES
Two Gumare United Football (GUF) players who died in hospital after they were involved in a tragic car accident were laid to rest next to some of their teammates in Gumare on Thursday.
The entire country and Gumare village in particular were plunged into mourning when seven young GUF players were fatally injured in an accident, which involved the entire team two weeks ago.
During the first four teammates’ funeral last weekend, eulogists described the fallen heroes as “promising stars with a bright future ahead of them.”
“Gumare United Football has lost heroes who were the pillars of the team. Both our goalkeepers are gone and so are our forward players and strikers, “said the grieving coach, Ronald Phillip, his voice betraying his emotions.
The distraught Phillip went on to explain that the team’s plans and ambitions to affiliate with Botswana Football Association (BFA) for national leagues would have to be halted as the surviving members seek counseling and healing.
“ Last year we became the first team in the region to qualify for the nationals. We played ten games from ward to regional level unbeaten where we scored 28 goals, conceding only two and winning the president’s day cup as well as the independence and Christmas Day cups,” Philip said.
Some of the devastated parents spoke of how they were struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss.
“He was the only child,” said Eneya Kakoro the uncle to Gothusamang Motswakhumo who was buried in Etsha. Kakoro however appreciated the government ‘s help of P5000.00 and Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF)’s P7500.00 payout.
Another distraught parent, Lillian Seremile whose son was the youngest member of the team could not hold back tears as she struggled with the excruciating pain she had suffered when she heard her son was no more.
“Brian was only 16 and I had expected a lot from him. He was a sweet child, intelligent and the glue that held the family together as he loved to sit with elders and learn. The day I arrived from Francistown where I work was the day of the incident”, said Lillian, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Six more injured teammates were discharged from hospital this week whilst one was still fighting for his life under the care of doctors.