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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) CEO, Brand de Villiers has expressed his shock after the sudden passing of Moroka Swallows assistant coach and Zambian international striker

Dennis Lota was a former striker of both Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates in Soweto, as well as AmaZulu in Durban. The Zambian passed away on Tuesday, February 4.

De Villiers extended his condolences to the Lota family.

“Dennis Lota will be remembered as one of the finest strikers to have played in the Premier Soccer League. As a player, he brought joy to thousands of football fans in this country. As a coach, he continued to lead by example and we will miss his contribution to our game," said De Villiers.

“On behalf of the PSL clubs, we would like to send our condolences to his family and the Moroka Swallows family at large. Our prayers and thoughts are with them during this difficult period.”

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has asked Premier Division and National First Division clubs to observe a moment of silence ahead of tonight’s fixtures.

The League will observe the moment of silence to mark the passing of the former Executive Chairman of Moroka Swallows, Mr Sylvester Masinga, Lota and Witbank Spurs player Isaac Sibusiso Papa.