MASERU— PRESIDENT of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, has offered condolences to the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) following the passing of the local football mother-body’s honorary member, Thabo Pule.
Nov. 3, 2023
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FIFA boss offers condolences to LeFA, Pule family
FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino
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Pule died last week Thursday after a long illness.
According to a media statement from LeFA, Infantino offered his condolences in a letter to LeFA.
“It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of the LeFA honorary NEC (National Executive Committee) Member, Mr. Thabo Pule. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for the loss,” reads the letter.
“By his commitment, dedication, and contribution to the development of football and to the promotion of our sport and its values, he will have marked the history of football in Lesotho. The respected personality of Lesotho football state will not be forgotten and will be truly missed.”
Infantino’s letter further reads: “On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Lesotho Football Association and State, Pule’s family, friends, and loved ones. Our thoughts are with you.
“We hope that these memories and our words of support may help bring some peace and solace at this difficult time.”
Pule served the local football fraternity for decades in top management positions.
“He served the game from the days of the Senior Football Executive Committee (SFEC) and also served as the President of the Berea District Football Association,” LeFA said in its statement released last week.
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The Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) also offered their condolences for Pule’s passing away.
“It is with great sadness that COSAFA has learned of the passing of veteran Lesotho football administrator Mr. Thabo Pule,” reads COSAFA’s message of condolences on its website, cosafa.com.
“Mr. Pule served as a member of the SFEC prior to the inception of the modern-day Lesotho Football Association (LeFA). He also served as a LeFA NEC member for many years and was the president of the Berea Football Association.”
It further reads: “Mr. Pule also managed and headed the national under-17, under-20, and senior men’s national teams. All of us at COSAFA extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Pule’s family and the football fraternity in Lesotho, who have lost a giant of the local game."
Pule will be late to rest at his Cana residence in Berea tomorrow.