Tawfeeq Cupido, 18, was recently selected from more than 200 players to represent SimSport International at the Bolton Wanderers Tour in Manchester in September.
But just a day after his family spoke to the Daily Voice and launched their fundraising plans to gather R33 000 for the trip, his father, Mureed, 56, suffered a sudden heart attack and died.
When the Daily Voice visited Tawfeeq’s home on Tuesday, the proud father said he could not wait to see his son’s story published.
But his family said he never had the chance to see the article, which appeared in Thursday’s paper.
Mureed used to play for Hot Spurs in the 1980s.
Tawfeeq said his father helped him stay focused on his school work and taught him and his four siblings to play soccer.
When he was younger, Mureed was selected to play in international tournaments but due to finances he could not go.
He told the Daily Voice: “I am very proud of Tawfeeq and want him to succeed.”
Family spokesperson Garlen Fredericks says on Wednesday afternoon Mureed suffered a sudden heart attack and his sons tried to resuscitate him, but he died in their arms.
His janaazah was held on Thursday.
Fredericks says the family will proceed with a concert at Yellowwood Primary School later this month to raise funds for Tawfeeq’s trip.
“He is more determined than ever now to make his father’s last wish come true,” he says.