Former Bafana Bafana coach Styles Phumo died on Sunday after a lengthy illness
He had been in charge of the South African national team for three months at the start of 2004, taking the side to the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia after the shock firing of Ephraim Mashaba just a month before the tournament kicked off.
In his brief tenure as Bafana coach the team won just once in six games.
Phumo also coached at Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership and was a long time coach of the South African under-20 and under-w3 teams.
But spent most of his career in neighbouring Lesotho, where the handled he national team and took Arsenal of Maseru to several league titles and an unexpected place in the last 16 of the African Champions Cup in 1990. He was also a CAF instructor.
As a player, Johannesburg-born Phumo was one of the members of a squad that South Africa prepared to play in the World Cup qualifiers of 1966 but who were eventually banned from competing because of the government’s Apartheid policies.
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