SASoccer365 readers have been sending us their tributes to fallen hero Lesley Manyathela, who was killed in a car crash on Saturday evening. The outpouring of grief from around the country has been great for one of South African sports bright young stars....
I'll always remember Leslie for his out-of-the-ordinary way of celebrating his goals.
After Marc-Vivien Foe from Cameroon, it's Leslie Manyatela from the "Rainbow Nation"...
What's happening to African Soccer?
To the bereaved family: May God strengthen you.
To African Soccer fans, amateurs and professionals: Let's unite in prayer! Only God can stop this!
Lots of love from D.R.Congo, Jean-Paul Muka
Im also in deep sorrow about the death of our hero and mostly for our children as a role model for them. I would like to send my condolences to the family of Phuti Manyathela we will always remember you.
May his soul rest in peace!
Mummy Letuma (Swallows Supporter)
Warmest condolences to the Manyathela family, Orlando Pirates, friends and the nation.
Let's thank the Manyathela family for sharing their son with us. He has brought a lot of joy to us as Pirates supporters and as a country. His humility and ability to focus on the work at hand was a lesson for all to learn. We will miss him dearly, his goal scoring abilities will forever be a point to fondly remember and miss.
To the Pirates family, God will look after us and our ship wont sink. Let's get retain the championship in his honour.
It is really hard to believe that Lesley is no more
We have lost a future Bafana Bafana striker
May his soul rest in peace
Lucas Moswela, Soweto
It is really sad to loss a young man like Slow Poison,who was just at
the peak of his career. But it is only GOD who is in control. He gave
and He has taken. May his soul rest in peace.To the family: You can
always fix your eyes on JESUS,and may HE give you strength,and accept
the the S.A hero is no longer with us.
He will be missed.
Wisani Maluleke, Giyani
The passing on of 'SLOW POISON' is a very bitter pill to swallow. The pain is unbearable and it hurts so much. Only God knows why it had to be so soon!!!!! RIP Phuti.
It is not always easy to accept the passing on of such young talent, I for one deeply believe, that he still had a lot to offer and prove to international soccer fraternity that SA football has immense talent. It is so sad that he was taken at the speed of light, one preacher told me the other day, when questioning the issue of death and dying, he said to me God loves those who die young.
Slow Poison was the best there is, there best there was and the best there ever will be. I know soccer is a collective sport, a unit, but he played a critical role in Pirates winning the leaque last season. It is such a sad state of affairs not only for the good of SA soccer but most in importantly in him being pillar of strength within his family. Lesley was a marvel to watch and i would miss his positioning upfront, also his unorthodox way of scoring goals, which made him unique.
Slow Poison was a goal poacher par excellence, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE, GOODNIGHT PHUTI.
Thabo - Pretoria
It's with great shame that I heard of Lesley Manyathela's untimely death on Saturday night. I'm not a Pirates fan, but I do admire the way they play and Slow Poison contributed greatly towards that.
He was a striker at the start of his career, with a big-time move to Europe a couple of days away, and a natural successor to Shaun Bartlett in the Bafana Bafana team.
But while we are going on about the big loss for SA soccer, we must remember the loss suffered by his family. Our thoughts are with them.
Peter Gasenka - East London
I send my commiseration to the Manyathela family,friends and the buccanners around the country.We(the whole nation) are mourning the death of Phuti.God gave and god has taken.Death strikes when least expected.We will meet in the next life time.We will never forget you, jersey number 22.Rest in peace.God bless.
Tshepo, Strand, Cape Town
It is a great loss to SA football that one of the great prospects have left us. But I think Manyathela played his role and has taught a few of our young players that one has to use any opportunity that is available.
We miss him but we thank him for the wonderful display of talent that he brought to our soccer. We were still gonna have one of the greatest ever strikers that our country has ever seen.
R. I. P. Slow Poison we will miss you.
Transit Magugwana (Kaizer Chiefs, supporter UCT)
The news shocked me as well as SA soccer lovers. It's still hard to take it in. However may the GOD of all comfort- the Master Planner- be with the Manyathela family, Orlando Pirates, especially his team mates and all who loved the upcoming brilliant Bafana Star.
Obed - Lesotho
It was with great shock that I heard the news of the passing of Pirates I was struck with disbelief to hear of Lesley Manyathela's death. It is devastating to think that the life of a promising young footballer could end so suddenly. I had been following with admiration the rise of Manyathela, who achieved success as the PSL'S top scorer last season as Orlando Pirates won the league and was on a verge of securing a dream international move.
My thoughts are with his family and friends and all those who will suffer this loss.
Slow Poison we will miss you
Simpiwe "Triple K", Mandela Park, Cape Town
I can't believe it, Phuti is gone. No longer will one of our brightest talents be gracing our soccer stadiums or our television sets. How cruel life can be, just as he was about to secure himself the contract overseas which he so deserved.
Lesley, the Pirates fans (and all soccer lovers) will never forget what you did for our club and country.
You will always be "a Buccaneer for life"
Andile, Diep Kloof
with your tribute for Slow Poison....