FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

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In 2005, Mario Tuani did an in­ter­view with a Chilean web­site mer­cu­ri­o­valpo. cl where he re­vealed that he had never signed a con­tract in his ca­reer. “For me what is worth [the most] is the word, but there are peo­ple who do not re­spect that. But I never had a phys­i­cal trainer, I was never fired, I had no agent, nor did I go out and look for work,” Tuani told the web­site. When he passed away in Au­gust, Kaizer Chiefs chair­man Kaizer Mo­taung spoke fondly of the club’s former coach, re­call­ing his gen­er­ous de­meanour and most mem­o­rable achieve­ments at Na­turena. “Mario never asked a ques­tion about money,” he told the club’s web­site. “He would just carry on with his du­ties with­out men­tion­ing any­thing about money. When Mario joined us he was al­ready in South Africa. He coached sev­eral clubs and, amongst his ac­co­lades, he left an in­deli­ble mark by help­ing us win the league ti­tle in 1979 – the first time we won this tro­phy after the mul­tira­cial NPSL started a year be­fore. He knew ex­actly how to deal with each player. His man-man­age­ment skills were out­stand­ing. Mario was one of a kind. “On be­half of Kaizer Chiefs, I wish to ex­press my deep­est and heart­felt con­do­lences to the Tuani fam­ily and friends. I wish them strength to ac­cept that their loved one has earned his medals, ran a good race and recorded a good in­nings. There­fore, let us ac­cept that he de­serves a rest in eter­nal peace.”

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