Bafana sends condolences to Isaac Kungwane’s family

2014-05-29 10:59

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund and his assistant Serame Letsoaka have registered shock at the news that Kaizer Chiefs legend Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane has passed away.

The pair, who are in New Zealand with the senior national soccer team, also sent their condolences to the family of the former Bafana player who had become a soccer analyst with SuperSport.

“It was so sad this morning to wake up to the news that Shakes is no more,” said Igesund. “My condolences to his family. It is such a loss to South Africa.”

Letsoaka said: “My condolences to Shakes’ family for their loss of such a great player. He contributed a lot to South African football.”

News of Kungwane’s death started filtering through to the Bafana hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, (which is 10 hours ahead of South Africa) in the early hours of this morning.

The news then dominated conversations around the South African entourage’s breakfast tables.

Igesund said players held a short prayer service for Kungwane.

Kungwane’s jovial character came though when Igesund and Letsoaka remembered him.

Igesund, who coached him at Manning Rangers in the 1996-1997 season, said: “He was such a character with a great sense of humour and that part came out on TV as well. It was hard to control his love for food, though. He was the kind of player who would want to have a burger at half time.”

Letsoaka said: “He entertained people on the field of play and later with his sense of humour as a TV soccer pundit.

“In fact, Shakes retired me from football. It was after a game we played against Chiefs in which he ran rings around me that I thought it was time I called it quits. This was in 1995 after 10 years at Free State Stars.”

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