Walter Masimula April 23, 2002

Memorial service for Walter Masimula on Friday

Cricinfo staff

A memorial service will be held in honour of Highveld Strikers player Walter Masemula on Friday, 26 April at 10.30am in the Long Room at the Wanderers Stadium, Corlett Drive, Johannesburg. His body will be arriving from the UK on Friday morning.

The funeral will be taking place at the Alexandra Oval on Sunday, 28 April 2002. Proceedings will start at the Masemula home at 07.30am and will move from there to the Oval at 8.00am. The address is 933 Alexandra Mews, Sole Crescent, Alexandra. The procession will be moving to the Tembisa Cemetry at 11.30am, where Walter will be buried.

UCBSA Deputy Director of Coaching and Amateur Cricket, Niels Momberg, who knew Walter throughout his career, will speak on behalf of the UCB at the funeral.

"What will always stay with me is Walter's fighting qualities. He was left out of sides many times but never lost heart and always proved his detractors wrong and through pure determination and bloody-mindedness always fought his way back," Momberg recalled today.

"At Soweto Cricket Club he was always the one guy who would bowl the extra over and invariably get the necessary breakthrough for the team. He never got the accolades that he deserved but will leave a mark on the game in our country that will never be forgotten and will make the road to the top for other youngsters from the townships just little bit easier."