Every so often throughout the journey of life, you are blessed with an individual who is selfless, passionate, gentle, intelligent and loved by everyone who crosses their path. Goolam Rajah was one such man. It is with profound sadness that the Central Gauteng Lions learnt of his passing this Tuesday morning. An Honorary Life Vice-President of CGL and former Proteas team manager, Goolam served the game of cricket with absolute distinction.
CEO Jono Leaf-Wright said, “There are no words that can accurately describe my extreme grief right now – and I believe that I speak for thousands within the cricketing community when I say that we’ve lost a once in a lifetime individual. Upon reflection, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard a bad word spoken of Goolam: He always went above and beyond and cricket is a greater sport because of him. The ever-giving, quietly spoken man will be forever remembered and treasured by all of us at Central Gauteng Lions, Imperial Wanderers Stadium and no doubt the cricketing community at large. May you rest in peace uncle Goolam.”
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, current CGL Board member and ex Proteas Manager who took over from Goolam when he retired says that Goolam was a remarkable man and exceptional human being who served the game and his country with distinction for over two decades;
“He was extremely kind, really caring, always friendly and most helpful. He touched the lives of all that he encountered, which is why the players loved him so dearly. Goolam was justly recognized by the ICC when he was appointed Team Manager of the World XI in Australia in 2005. Goolam was a dear and close friend who will be sorely missed.”
Central Gauteng Lions President and Chairperson Anne Vilas joins Leaf-Wright in the massive sense of loss; “It was an honour to know Goolam – an individual who served the game with absolute distinction. On behalf of all at CGL, I would like to extend our warm wishes, prayers, gratitude and love to both Goolam and all those he left behind. Thank you Goolam for holding the game that we love in the highest regard and living a life that you can most certainly be proud of.”
Goolam, as the Proteas’ team manager stepped down in 2011, celebrating 20 years in the position: the longest of any cricket team manager worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace uncle Goolam.