South African Football Association mourns Bartman

Maritzburg Coach Arthur Batman passed on. Photo : Media

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – South African Football Association (SAFA) has described the death of Maritzburg United Coach Arthur Bartman as a serious knock for the football fraternity.

According to SAFA’s President, Dr Danny Jordaan his association is forever indebted to people like Bartman, who stayed on in the game long after their retirement to plough back to the future of the country.

“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, relatives, former teammates and everyone at Maritzburg United, South Africa is currently in need of coaches, especially goalkeeper coaches, to help develop this country even more,” said Dr Jordaan.

“It is also sad that his passing on comes shortly after the death of former Bafana Bafana striker Philemon Masinga recently, he shall be sorely missed.”

Bartman (46) started his football career at African Wanderers, where he made his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut in the 1998/1999 seasons.

In the PSL, he also played for Golden Arrows, Bush Bucks, Dynamos, Supersport United, Moroka Swallows, Cape Town City, Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs.

He was also part of the Kaizer Chiefs squad that won back-to-back Telkom Knockout titles in 2009 and 2010. He quit soccer in 2013 after a service of 22 years to the world’s most beautiful game.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg United has also sent their condolences to the Bartman family.

“Prayers and thoughts go out to the Bartman family during this time. You will always be a part of the Team of Choice‚” tweeted the club.

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