A trib­ute to the football peo­ple who passed away in the past year


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South Africa’s great­est ever midfielder in the eyes of many, ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu suc­cumbed to stom­ach can­cer on 21 April.

Ar­guably Bafana Bafana’s most in­flu­en­tial player when they won the Na­tions Cup in 1996, Shoes was one of the first play­ers to move abroad af­ter South Africa’s read­mis­sion to Fifa.

Moshoeu won 73 full in­ter­na­tional caps (scor­ing eight goals) and played at the 1998 World Cup. In 2001, aged 35 years, 10 months and 23 days he be­came the old­est player to rep­re­sent Bafana, but was con­tro­ver­sially omit­ted from the 2002 World Cup squad.

Diep­kloof-born, Shoes started out at Blue Whales and was re­cruited by Kaizer Chiefs ju­niors. How­ever, it was at Gi­ant Black­pool where he made his name, help­ing the club win pro­mo­tion to the top flight and go on to be­come one of the most ex­cit­ing sides of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1993, af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bad leg break, Moshoeu signed for Chiefs for a then-record fee of R250 000. He was only an Amakhosi star for a short while how­ever, be­fore mov­ing to Tur­key, where he played for Gen­cler­birligi, Ko­caelispor, Fener­bahce (signed for $3.6-mil­lion) and Bur­saspur.

He re­joined Chiefs a decade later, in­spir­ing the club to back-to-back Premier­ship ti­tles be­fore wind­ing his ca­reer down with Amazulu, re­tir­ing in 2008 aged 43.

He later coached Alexandria United, quit­ting only when his health faded.


Brazil­ian Djalma Caval­cante was briefly coach at Mamelodi Sun­downs in the 2002/03 sea­son, start­ing brightly with two wins but then los­ing five games in a row af­ter Christ­mas 2002 and get­ting the sack af­ter only three months and 14 league games in the job.

Caval­cante coached Petro Atletico of An­gola be­fore Sun­downs, and was also na­tional coach in An­gola.

He died of a heart at­tack on 11 Au­gust 2014.


Ini­tially with Wit­bank Black Aces in the mid 1970s, Amos Mkhari who was a crowd favourite at Or­lando Pi­rates where he played for over eight sea­sons, passed away on 7 Oc­to­ber 2014.

A left-winger who pos­sessed aware­ness and vi­sion, drib­bled neatly and fin­ished well, Mkhari earned his nick­name be­cause he made back­heel­ing look as sim­ple and as ef­fec­tive as a straight­for­ward side-foot pass.

Mkhari was hailed by Pi­rates chair­man Irvin Khoza as one who “played in a man­ner that re­in­forced and gave mean­ing to football be­ing called the beau­ti­ful game”.


‘Carl­ton’ Moloi, who passed away on 19 Oc­to­ber last year aged 79, was a foun­der­mem­ber of Moroka Swal­lows in 1947, a bustling striker through the 1950s, and later coach of the club.

He also played briefly with Cardiff City in Wales, for Sal­is­bury United in what was then Rhode­sia and En­gle­bert FC (now TP Mazembe) in what is now the DRC.

“Carl­ton was out of this world. He scored goals with his head, was tall, strong, could run, and I think more suited for the English game. He wasn’t the type of in­di­vid­ual with drib­bling skills like team­mates Dif­fer­ence and Lawrence Mbanya, but a guy who’d fin­ish for you in the box,” for­mer Swal­lows PRO God­frey Gx­owa says.


For­mer Dur­ban Bush Bucks, Or­lando Pi­rates and Moroka Swal­lows midfielder, Chris Maz­ibuko has passed away af­ter col­laps­ing at his home in Dube, Soweto on Novem­ber 16.

Ex-pi­rates midfielder, Al­fred ‘Shakes’ Gwabeni says Maz­ibuko “was pas­sion­ate about football and at the time of his death was pre­par­ing to open a soc­cer academy in



Joseph Henyekane (30) passed away in his sleep, ap­par­ently suf­fer­ing an epilep­tic fit, on 16 De­cem­ber 2014. He was just 30.

A for­mer Benoni Premier United, Golden Ar­rows, Free State Stars, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bid­vest Wits de­fender, Henyekane had been keep­ing fit with the SAPS team in his home­town, Kim­ber­ley. The last club he played for was Na­tional First Di­vi­sion side Roses United.


For­mer Amazulu striker, Archie ‘Juluka’ Radebe (55) passed away in hos­pi­tal in Johannesburg on 7 Jan­uary 2015.

Juluka was a star in the Amazulu side of the 1980s and early ‘90s. He pre­vi­ously played for Moroka Swal­lows.

He later worked as a scout in Or­ange Farm along with Kaizer Chiefs co-founder Thomas John­son. The pair re­put­edly dis­cov­ered Gift Leremi.

Radebe was for some time coach of Manzini Wan­der­ers – win­ning the Swazi Char­ity Cup in 2005 – and coached Hel­lenic when they had dropped down into the First Di­vi­sion.


For­mer Cape Town City and Hel­lenic striker Ian Tow­ers passed away on 25 Jan­uary 2015, aged 74. Be­fore com­ing to South Africa, he played for Burn­ley (then in Eng­land’s top flight) and there­after Old­ham Ath­letic and Bury.

He joined Cape Town City ahead of the 1971 and af­ter two sea­sons, switched to Hel­lenic. In­jury cut short his time at the Greek Gods, and later in 1973 he was back at City, as as­sis­tant man­ager.

His coach­ing ca­reer also took in Hel­lenic and var­i­ous am­a­teur sides, and when Seven Stars was formed, Tow­ers was made youth coach and scout. He held sim­i­lar posts at Ajax Cape Town.


For­mer Free State Stars coach Musa Ab­dul­lahi (61) passed away on 25 Jan­uary from a malaria-re­lated ill­ness.

In 1993 Ab­dul­lahi was Nige­ria U-17 as­sis­tant coach when they be­came world cham­pi­ons, and in 2001, he was head coach when they won the African ti­tle in Syechelles and took sil­ver at the Fifa U-17 World Cup. He also served at var­i­ous times as the Su­per Ea­gles’ as­sis­tant coach.

Ab­dul­lahi coached Ea Lla Koto in the 2006/07 sea­son, but left be­cause of ill-health in March 2007. He re­turned to the em­ploy of the Nige­ria FA, and suf­fered a stroke on the eve of that year’s Fifa Un­der-20 World Cup.


Steve ‘Kala­ma­zoo’ Mokone, a trail­blazer among South Africans play­ing in Europe, passed away on 19 March 2015, four days short of his 83rd birth­day.

‘Kala’ made his name at Dur­ban Bush Bucks, be­fore ven­tur­ing abroad. He played for Cardiff City, Coven­try City and Barns­ley in Eng­land’s lower di­vi­sions, tried out at Torino in Italy, and had a brief spell at Mar­seille in France.

He made the great­est im­pact in the small in­dus­trial town of Almelo in the Nether­lands, where he was the star of Her­a­cles, scor­ing the goals that helped the club win pro­mo­tion to the top flight in 1958. A hero, he had a street named af­ter him, and was the sub­ject of two books by a lead­ing Dutch sports­writer, Tom Eg­bers, who hails from Almelo.

The first book, De Zwarte Me­teoor (later turned into a film) is the story of how Kala­ma­zoo woke up the sleepy town with his football prow­ess. The sec­ond book is about Mokone’s 12 years in a US jail for throw­ing acid over his wife and her di­vorce lawyer.

Twaalf Gestolen Jaaren takes the line that Mokone was in­no­cent, and was framed and jailed be­cause of his role in lob­by­ing against apartheid sport.


For­mer Bafana Bafana striker Richard Hanyekane (31) was trag­i­cally killed along with four com­pan­ions on 7 April, less than four months af­ter the pass­ing of his brother Joseph.

Henyekane, who rep­re­sented his coun­try nine times, started out at Ba­sotho Tigers, then joined Hel­lenic/benoni Premier United. He and Joseph trans­ferred to Golden Ar­rows, where Richard scored 41 goals in 101 starts.

He signed for Mamelodi Sun­downs in 2010, but hav­ing found first team chances few and far be­tween, moved on loan to Free State Stars, where he was play­ing at the time of his pass­ing.


Dave Her­holdt, who passed away in March, was an im­pos­ing cen­tre-back at Arcadia Shep­herds in the year they won the Tre­ble, 1974. He spent more than a decade at the

club, and was the de­fen­sive back­bone of the side that went un­beaten from Au­gust 1977 to March 1979. He passed away in March.


Char­lie Gough, who passed away in early April aged 75, was cap­tain of the all­con­quer­ing High­lands Park.

He ar­rived in this coun­try along with fel­low Scot Joe Frick­le­ton af­ter play­ing four matches for English club Charl­ton Ath­letic in 1963/64. He starred for High­lands from 1964 to 1973, rack­ing up League and cup hon­ours.

His son is for­mer Glas­gow Rangers cap­tain, Richard Gough, who rep­re­sented Scot­land at two World Cups.


One of Safa’s long­est serv­ing of­fi­cials, Eric Mtshatsha passed away on April 25. The pres­i­dent of Safa’s Um­gun­gundlovu Re­gion in KZN, he sat on the Board of Gover­nors of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.


Ntandazo Mbeje from Cape Town was killed on 9 May at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium, where he was at­tend­ing a League match be­tween Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs.


Dar­ius Dhlomo (83) died on 13 June 2015 in En­schede, the Nether­lands. He was not only a foot­baller, but also a cham­pion boxer, an ac­com­plished jazz singer, a drum­mer, and a good ten­nis player.

Dubbed by Drum mag­a­zine as the ‘Man of Many Tal­ents’ he was, like ‘Kala­ma­zoo’ Mokone a foot­balling pi­o­neer who played in Europe, join­ing Her­a­cles in the Nether­lands in 1958 from City Blacks of Bau­man­nville in Dur­ban.

He re­mained in the Nether­lands af­ter hang­ing up his boots, and be­came an out­spo­ken critic of apartheid.


For­mer PSL gen­eral man­ager of football and Su­pers­port United team man­ager Bafana Dhlamini passed away in June, aged 63. Dhlamini worked for Su­pers­port United dur­ing their suc­cess­ful ti­tle-win­ning years. He left the club in 2013.


Ramatsiyi Moholoa (43) was a for­mer Sowe­tan se­nior sports re­porter and 2013 Sports Jour­nal­ist of the Year. He passed away of a sus­pected heart at­tack on July 16.


The late John Moshoeu’s son, Jer­maine died in mo­tor ac­ci­dent at Nas­rec on 20 July, some three months af­ter his fa­ther passed away.


Tha­bani Gumede, the Thanda Royal Zulu gen­eral man­ager passed away on 24 July af­ter more than two years of ill­ness. He was just 34.

He first worked for the Thanda group at their game re­serve as a waiter, be­ing sec­onded to the club as a helper when Thanda’s Swedish own­ers pur­chased the football club in July 2007, work­ing his way up from there.


For­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Or­lando Pi­rates striker Al­fred ‘Bomber’ Chamane passed away in Au­gust, aged 72.

Chamane played for Chiefs in the 1970 Life Chal­lenge Cup Fi­nal but a year later, in Novem­ber 1971 he crossed the floor to join Pi­rates.

Chamane also played for his home­town club Sobantu Shoot­ing Stars, Grey­town Black Pi­rates, Grey­town Ocean Blue, Mar­itzburg City and African Wan­der­ers.


For­mer Real Rovers and Moroka Swal­lows player Johannes Pilusa (44) passed away in the early hours of Tues­day, 1 Septem­ber af­ter a long ill­ness.

The striker started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with Real Rovers and then moved to Moroka Swal­lows. He later played for Dy­namos, Amazulu, Sil­ver Stars, Black Leop­ards, Aven­dale Ath­letico and Hel­lenic.

He also worked as Moroka Swal­lows youth coach.


For­mer na­tional Un­der-23 cap­tain Cyril Zuma (30) passed away on 4 Septem­ber four weeks af­ter he had been struck by a car and lapsed into a coma.

Zuma was a prod­uct of Kaizer Chiefs, though he moved to Mar­itzburg United in 2003 with­out hav­ing played for Amakhosi. Dur­ing his seven-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer, he also played for Moroka Swal­lows, City Pil­lars and Mpumalanga Black Aces.


One this coun­try’s lead­ing sports pho­tog­ra­phers, Duif du Toit died sud­denly on 24 Septem­ber. He had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal, feel­ing un­well, and passed away due to or­gan fail­ure. He was 57.

Over the years, on the staff of Touch­line Photo, and later Gallo Im­ages, Duif was re­spon­si­ble for many of the best im­ages in KICK OFF mag­a­zine.

He was also very gen­er­ous with his time and know-how, help­ing to bring along a new gen­er­a­tion of pho­tog­ra­phers like Gavin Barker and Lefty Shivambu.


Or­lando Pi­rates and Bafana Bafana goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa was mur­dered on 26 Oc­to­ber 2014.

The mur­der drew wide­spread out­rage, but 11 months later, the SAPS have failed to bring his killers to jus­tice.

Meyiwa, born 24 Jan­uary 1987 (some records have it as 1984), was for a long pe­riod the back-up keeper at Pi­rates and it was not un­til the 2013/14 sea­son that he could claim to be Pi­rates’ first choice keeper.

At the time of his pass­ing, Meyiwa was a na­tional hero, in­spi­ra­tional for the Buc­ca­neers in their quest for glory on the African con­ti­nent, and a sym­bol of new na­tional coach Shakes Mashaba’s team – cap­tain­ing Bafana in four suc­ces­sive matches, keep­ing a clean sheet each time.

An in­ter­na­tional at Un­der-17, U-20 and U-23 level as well, Meyiwa played 157 of­fi­cial matches in all com­pe­ti­tions for Pi­rates.

He was made Pi­rates cap­tain a few days be­fore his mur­der.

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