Local former Orlando Pirates star honoured

2016-04-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Staunch Orlando Pirates supporter and craftsman Cooper ‘Mot’encane’ Mkhize from Edendale’s Fishing Road with former Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Cele after honouring him with gifts for playing for the club he loves.

PHOTO: supplied Staunch Orlando Pirates supporter and craftsman Cooper ‘Mot’encane’ Mkhize from Edendale’s Fishing Road with former Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Cele after honouring him with gifts for playing for the club he loves.

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THE spirit of sportsmanship, brotherhood, passion an respect was witnessed last weekend when the local diehard and long-serving Orlando Pirates supporter Cooper “Mot’encane” Mkhize honoured former Pirates and ex-national player Andile “S’guta” Cele.

Mkhize travelled all the way from Edendale’s Fishing Road to Imbali Stage 2 to present the Maritzburg City coach Cele with some of his hand-crafted work he makes for a living. Gifts such as the clock, vase, water bottle and a tea cup, were some of the items presented by Mkhize.

“I can do anything with my hands. I can change old bottles into a vase. I can also design a clock with my team colours and change an ordinary safety helmet to a colourful makaraba that will suit a passionate supporter of any club. In fact I can do anything related to soccer regalia with my hands,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize (42) started following the Soweto giants at the age of six. He was very lucky to watch his team in the mid-seventies at old Edendale Soccer Mecca, Wadley Stadium and felt it only right to pay tribute to his hero.

“Remember S’guta Cele started his early soccer career at Imbali’s Tehuis Development Centre with the likes of Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela, Shaun Potgieter, Diko Mchunu, Sifiso Mnyingwa and others.

“Maritzburg was very lucky that the same S’guta Cele went all the way from Imbali to play for SA U20, SA U23 and also Pirates.

“He also contributes positively to local soccer because he is coaching his former team Maritzburg City, where he started in the old Vodacom’s 2nd Division League.

Cele said he was humbled and honoured by Mkhize’s good heart and gifts.

“I really don’t know what to say - this man, Mr Mkhize - went out of his way just to honour me and from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank him.

“He really made me feel over the moon, in the name of the game of soccer,” said Cele.

Cele started his semi professional career with the local Glamour Boys- Abafana BaseThawini (Maritzburg City) before going to play for Pirates from 2001 to 2004.

He also played for Golden Arrows and AmaZulu, but was forced to retire early in his career in 2010 after a knee injury.

He played under coaches Shakes Mashaba, Gordon Igesund, Augusto Palacious and Jean-Yves Kerjean.

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