A tribute to the football people who passed away in the past year
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO PASSED AWAY DURING THE LAST YEAR.
JOHN ‘SHOES’ MOSHOEU
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.
AMOS ‘HEEL EXTENSION’ MKHARI
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”.
JOSEPH ‘CARLTON’ MOLOI
‘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.
ARCHIE ‘JULUKA’ RADEBE
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
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.
ALFRED ‘BOMBER’ CHAMANE
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.
C YRIL ZUMA
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.
DUIF DU TOIT
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.