Another Botswana player dies at training
By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – Botswana football was once again plunged into mourning, following the death of a Division One player, who collapsed in training in the country’s central district village of Mahalapye last Monday.
The death came just 10 days after premiership side, Township Rollers player, Gofaone Tiro also collapsed and died while chasing a loose ball during training.
Santa Green left back, Leatile ‘Dino’ Setabosigo died while the team was on a break after a ball work session.
The 17-year-old, who was a student at Mahalapye Senior School, died from suspected heart failure.
Setabosigo’s team, which is in the third tier, was preparing for the Eastern Bloc First Division play-offs, which were supposed to be held last weekend in Palapye.
The winners of the play-offs are promoted to the second tier, the First Division. Santa Green chairperson, Mugove Chiwita said the player collapsed during a short break after a ball session. Chiwita, who was present when the incident occurred, said the training session had begun with the routine jog around the pitch, followed by a 15 minute ball work before the short break.
He said they did not detect anything wrong with the player, who collapse during the break.
“Everyone was shocked when he collapsed during the short break,” Chiwita said.
The player was rushed to the nearest clinic and nurses immediately referred him to the Mahalapye Primary Hospital as they did not feel any pulse.
He was certified dead on arrival at the hospital. The rest of the team, was meanwhile on tour after cutting short the training session and Chiwita said the boys were devastated when the news was broken.
“We told them what had transpired and it was so emotional, everybody broke down and the boys are still in shock,” he said.
Chiwita said with his side made up of only youngsters with an average age of 20, it will take time for the players to recover.
A counselling session had been organized and Chiwita said they would plead with the Eastern Bloc play-off organizers to postpone the matches.
It was Santa Green side’s debut in Division One where they finished champions, with Setabosigo an ever present influence.
“Dino played all the games save for one when he was engaged at school.
He was the backbone of our team and we had expected a lot from him during the play-offs.”
The player was buried in his home village of Mahalapye last weekend.