The South African Football Association (SAFA) have confirmed the passing of FIFA assistant referee Moeketsi Max Molelekoa.

Molelekoa passed away in a motor vehicle on Friday night. He was born in Botshabelo, Free State and made his PSL debut in 2014. Molelekoa was also a popular figure in South African football circles.

SAFA MOURNS LATE MATCH OFFICIAL

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) is deeply saddened by the news of FIFA assistant referee Max Molelekoa’s passing,” said SAFA in a statement on Saturday.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family at this difficult time,” said SAFA head of referees, Abdul Ebrahim.

“The refereeing fraternity in South Africa is saddened by this loss. May his soul rest in peace.

“SAFA will reveal details of his funeral service and other related activities in due course. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends.”

Moeketsi Max Molelekoa has passed on following a car accident on Friday
Moeketsi Max Molelekoa has passed on following a car accident on Friday

MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR MOEKETSI MAX MOLELEKOA

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League have announced there will be a moment of silence in all their fixtures this weekend.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is saddened by the passing of SAFA match official, Moeketsi Molelekoa.

“The League sends heartfelt condolences to the Molelekoa family, SAFA, and the football fraternity at large,” they wrote in a statement.

“The PSL will observe a moment of silence in his honour ahead of this weekend’s DStv Premiership, DStv Diski Challenge, and Motsepe Foundation Championship fixtures. May his soul repose peacefully.”

Molelekoa’s career was also without controversy. In 2021, he together with referee Jelly Chavani received a six-week ban. This is for a dubious decision in a match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

The SAFA referee’s review committee found the pair guilty of not acting in accordance with Law 12 of the IFAB Laws of the Game. Chavani awarded Chiefs a penalty in stoppage time, after consulting with Molelekoa who was his assistant at the match.