Bethlehem - Hundreds of mourners from different sporting codes gathered to celebrate the life of the late Free State Stars striker, Richard Henyekane at the Bethlehem town hall during an emotional memorial service held on Thursday.
The Kimberley-born striker passed away in the early hours of Tuesday after his car collided head-on with an oncoming truck on the N5, just outside Kestell on-route to Bethlehem from QwaQwa.
At the emotional service, Stars captain Paulos Masehe said although Henyekane was now in God’s hands, he would always remain in their hearts.
"After the AmaZulu game (over the weekend in Durban), he was the one who was talking to me that we should fight.
"God took him at the time when we needed his experience to score goals and take us out of the relegation zone.
"Let's dedicate all the remaining games to Henyekane. We should fight for him," said the skipper as he cried.
The other four occupants of the car have been identified as Paul Mofokeng, 26, Nthabiseng Motsoetsoe, 20, Ayanda Matete, 20, and Mpho Moloi, 18.
Free State Stars mourn at the memorial service of the late Richard Henyekane (Tladi Moloi)
Andrew Kanyaza, Henyekane family spokesperson, said the family has asked the team to fight and win the remaining games.
"We will rejoice and forget the pain if you fight out of the relegation zone.
"Mike (Mokoena team chairperson and owner) you have done a good job by bringing our son to your team," he said.
Rantsi Mokoena, the managing director of the team said he would like to send his deep condolences to the other families.
"You will never understand the pain we are going through. But time heals all wounds," he said.
Mokoena said there was no way that any of the people who were in the car could have survived.
"That was one of the most horrific accidents.
"We lost Lesly Manyathela, Thomas Madigage, Gift Leremi and others in the same way.
"All those players died in an accident and in the early hours of the morning," he said.
He urged the players to stop driving at night.
Kinnah Phiri, the team mentor said it was very difficult to say a word.
"We lost a good player.