Two of South African football legend Marc Batchelor’s former teammates on Monday reminisced about the time they spent with him during their playing days.
Pollen Ndlanya, who played with the towering forward, said Batchelor was a dedicated player who always wanted to help the club win silverware.
“He would always redouble his efforts at training and during matches. He made an invaluable contribution to football and would always give young players advice,” Ndlanya told TimesLIVE’s sister publication Sowetan on Monday night.
“People misunderstood him for being arrogant because of his outspokeness. Yes, he was short-tempered but that didn’t make him arrogant. He would also question the coach if he’s not given game time. But again, he wasn’t arrogant.
“May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Ndlanya.
Steve Lekoelea, who played with Batchelor at Pirates, also acknowledged the striker’s commitment as a player.
“He was a player who was always looking forward to the next training session. He wanted to win, and losing was not part of his vocabulary,” Lekoelea said.
“He always wanted to perfect his game and he was a team player. I’m devastated by his passing away.”
– Additional reporting by Alex Patrick and Mcelwa Nchabeleng.