'Thank you for being a father to us': Brilliant Khuzwayo on Arthur Bartman's death
Soccer players, fans and colleagues have reacted with shock and sadness at the news of the death of former Maritzburg United goalkeeper coach Arthur Bartman.
The Team of Choice confirmed his death on social media, saying he would always be part of their family.
Rest In Peace, Arthur 🙏— Maritzburg United FC (@MaritzburgUtd) March 19, 2019
The club has learnt with sadness of the passing of former goalkeeper coach, Arthur Bartman. Prayers and thoughts go out to the Bartman family during this time. You will always be a part of the Team of Choice.#WeAreUnited pic.twitter.com/Sbtj9J6GJG
Details around the death of the 46-year-old are unknown.
He retired in the 2013/2014 season and enjoyed 20 seasons as a professional player.
Fellow soccer player Brilliant Khuzwayo said Bartman was like a father to goalkeepers.
On Twitter, the soccer fraternity paid tribute to Bartman, sharing stories about his success and contribution to the sport.
Very sad news of Arthur Bartman's passing. Great all-round gentleman who defied the odds when he showed us that age ain't nothing but a number & that a good character takes you further. Rest in peace homeboy. #RipArthurBartman pic.twitter.com/zaSgFN6TEQ— Thulani Thuswa (@ThulaniThuswa) March 20, 2019