Respected Police X1 player, Mathews buried
Former Police X1 and Wonder Sporting left back Enaganeng Mbukutu Matthews has been laid to rest.
Mathews was buried at his home village, Nkange over the weekend. He passed away on January 5thin fatal car accident that also left four of his family members nursing serious injuries.
The footballer and his family members were on their way to Gaborone when the mini bus he was driving had a tyre burst and overturned a few kilometres away from Dibete village.
An accident survivor and cousin to the Mathews, Neo Nkhwa said: “ It seems like one minute we were happily chatting away and the next minute he was gone.”
“I am still in great shock and every time I get into a car the entire incident plays out over and over again in my head.
Mathews was more than a cousin, he was my brother and knowing that I will never see him again is unbearable.
I’m still asking myself a lot of questions but only God knows why he chose him. His memory will live forever.”
Speaking on behalf of the family his uncle, Morgan Nkhwa said the family has lost a humble, reserved and disciplined person.
“The combi he was driving is mine. The entire family was nearly wiped out.
My two daughters broke their legs; my son suffered a broken hand while my wife was treated for minor injuries.
You all can see how much this really affected me; we all had to go for counselling,” he said.
Police X1 Coach, Sthandwa Mogwadi described Mathews as an experienced and disciplined player.
He said Mathews was signed from a lower division side, Maranyane in 2002 but went on to become a core member of the squad.
“I did not have a left back player by then and Innocent Morapedi recommended him.
His talent was raw but with hard work and discipline he became a good player.
He was one of the players who helped us win the league in 2005 for the first time.
We went on to play in the CAF competitions against a DRC team. We have lost an asset. May his soul rest in peace,” Mogwadi said.
Mathews was also a traffic Police Officer based at Gaborone Central Police Station. He is survived by his wife, two children, mother, father and ten siblings.