Ex-South African footballer shot dead

Tuesday July 16 2019

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Former footballer Mark Batchelor played for Soweto's big rival clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. PHOTO | GETTY IMAGES | BBC 

By BBC News

JOHANESSBURG,

Former South African footballer Mark Batchelor has been shot dead near his home in South Africa's capital Johannesburg, police say.

“He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene," police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini is quoted by TimesLive as saying.

"The motive for the attack is unknown at this stage as nothing was taken. No suspects have been identified.”

"Police are investigating a murder case," the spokesman is quoted by IOL as saying.

A photo of a bullet-hole ridden window from the scene being shared on social media appears to show that he was shot at seven times.

Batchelor, who played for some of the country's top clubs, is being mourned by his former colleagues.

“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,” Steve Lekoelea who played with Batchelor at Orlando Pirates is quoted by TimesLive as saying.

“He always wanted to perfect his game and he was a team player. I’m devastated by his passing away.”

Batchelor also played for Kaizer Chiefs.

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