We pay tribute to fallen football heroes

2013-11-03 06:00

City Press would like to join millions of South Africans – especially soccer lovers – in mourning the deaths of Dr Leepile Taunyane and Andries “Six Mabone” Maseko.

The pair died this week, following shortly after the death of striker Keryn Jordan who succumbed to cancer on October 21 after a long battle.

Taunyane would have turned 85 on December 14, Maseko would have been 58 on Christmas Day and Jordan would have turned 38 on Friday (November 1).

Taunyane was one of the last breed of “school principal” soccer administrators, in the same mould as the late Kaizer Chiefs director Clarence Mlokoti.

An educationist par excellence, Taunyane applied the same principles to soccer administration as he did while headmaster of Katlehong High School and Alexandra High School.

He saw soccer evolve from his days with the Alexandra Football Association, the Transvaal Football Association, the South African National Football Association (where he served under the late George Thabe), the National Professional League, the National Soccer League up to the present South African Football Association and Premier Soccer League.

An astute administrator, Taunyane was an eloquent orator in English, Setswana and SeSotho. But what stood out was how principled the man was.

Unlike many soccer administrators, Taunyane had an unblemished record as an administrator.

»?Maseko would have shown today’s strikers a thing or two.

As reported in City Press last week, in his heyday, he scored eight goals in a 13-0 wallop of Umlazi Citizen and four goals in a 7-0 annihilation of Lamontville Golden Arrows in league matches played in 1974 and 1975.

Some will also remember the goals he scored against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the BP Top 8 final of 1975 and Orlando Pirates in a Mainstay Cup final 3-2 loss in 1980.

Prior to the final, he had scored two goals in a 5-5 thriller against Chiefs in the semifinal before Swallows won the replay.

As former Ukhozi FM soccer commentator Dr Ronnie Masilela says, those who never saw Maseko play, have to look no further than Christiano Ronaldo.

»?Jordan made his mark with Manning Rangers, helping them to win the inaugural PSL league title in 1996 under the tutelage of current Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund.

He won the Golden Boot with 11 strikes and went on to achieve the feat with Waitakere United of New Zealand where he scored 15 goals in 21 outings.

May the souls of these South African soccer giants, rest in peace.

(Sports Editor)

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