What is it about death that drives people into making outlandish promises that are in some cases long forgotten by the time the coffin is lowered into the ground? I’ve attended numerous funerals and I’ve often marvelled at how talkative some people become as soon as they set foot on that podium. It’s a fascinating thing to watch. So it made perfect sense that video clips from Bafana Bafana legend Phil “Chippa” Masinga’s memorial service at Grace Bible Church in Pimville‚ Soweto, on Monday activated an all too familiar sensation of having already experienced an identical situation in the past. The feeling of déjà vu set in as several speakers took to the podium and focused on the financial difficulties and harsh realities of life after football for many former players. I’ve seen this movie many times as this is a very complex debate that seems to always come up after the death of a former player. Emotional promises are always made in the immediate days after a player’s passing but af...

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