Tributes continue to pour in for Arthur Bartman

South African football has lost a top football man in Arthur Bartman, according to his Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids. Tributes continue to pour in for the former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, turned coach, who passed away after illness last Tuesday. His death in East London at only 46-years of age has sent shockwaves through the country, especially after he was only married in December. Davids is a man Bartman worked alongside for three seasons at Maritzburg United, before he left in November pour his heart felt condolences. Ernst Middendorp, the current Chiefs coach, is the other person Davids referred to with the German having also played a role in Bartman’s coaching career. Meanwhile, veteran AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Nomvethe was equally stunned by the death of the former goalkeeper. The pair made their debut together for African Wanderers in the mid-1990s, before Bartman went on to play for the likes of Bush Bucks‚ Moroka Swallows‚ Free State Stars, Dynamos‚ Bay United, SuperSport, Chiefs and Lamontville Golden Arrows. Nomvethe says his friend will be sorely missed.