We must sup­port our le­gends

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Pule “Ini­esta” Jakkals

As a Kaizer Chiefs sup­porter, I write this let­ter with a heavy heart re­gard­ing Nel­son “Teenage” Dladla, also known as “uM­gabadeli”.

I re­ally felt a huge pain in my heart when I heard he has joined Mamelodi Sun­downs af­ter Chiefs failed to of­fer him a job within the club’s struc­tures.

The leg­end served Chiefs with great ded­i­ca­tion and self­less­ness. He spent his en­tire play­ing ca­reer mak­ing sure Chiefs be­came the suc­cess it is to­day.

Ew­ert “The Lip” Nene lost his life while on a mis­sion to get Dladla to don the fa­mous gold-and-black jer­sey.

I am aware it is highly im­pos­si­ble for the club to em­ploy all its for­mer play­ers, but Teenage de­serves more as he was a spe­cial kind of player.

In fact, Kaizer Mo­taung owes it to Teenage to give him a di­rec­tor­ship at the club.

But now the man finds him­self at Mamelodi Sun­downs, thanks to Pa­trice Mot­sepe’s gen­eros­ity. But I doubt his heart is even there, as he never played for Sun­downs.

I’m sure Nene is turn­ing in his grave to see how the club he died for turned its back on one of its best – if not the great­est – play­ers.

This doesn’t sit well with me as a Chiefs sup­porter. Our teams need to take a leaf out of clubs like Bay­ern Mu­nich, Barcelona, AC Mi­lan and Real Madrid’s book as they ap­pre­ci­ate and use their for­mer great play­ers by putting them in key strate­gic po­si­tions.

I beg Mo­taung to go to Sun­downs and bring Teenage back be­cause when I see him, I see Chiefs and not Downs or any other club.

Even the fact that a guy like Malombo Lech­aba, who served Chiefs with great aplomb, is at Sun­downs in­stead of Chiefs. This makes me sad and an­gry.

Our devel­op­ment struc­tures at Chiefs need peo­ple like him and our for­mer cap­tain Howard “The Rock” Freeze, who has ex­per­tise in youth foot­ball devel­op­ment re­search.

My let­ter is not meant as an at­tack on Chiefs but just a re­minder that some­times we need to re­mem­ber and sup­port the peo­ple who made us who we are in life.

PHOTO:: MARK GLLEEEESSON // GALLLLO IIMAGEESS

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