Tribute to Alfred ‘Bomber’ Chamane

2015-08-26 06:00

ONE of the greatest footballers in the history of South Africa died in Pietermaritzburg recently.

Alfred Mbhomu and#034;Bomberand#034; Chamane, was born at Ntshongweni Farm near Woolstone Forest in Greytown on 25 December, 1942. After finishing school in Greytown he settled in Pietermaritzburg and worked at Hulamin for many years.

Bomber was a dribbling wizard and a prolific goal-scorer. In his heydays he played for professional soccer clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg City, Sobantu Shooting Stars, Greytown Black Pirates and Greytown Ocean Blues. While playing for Maritzburg City his team won the coveted Natal Football Cup and were given the freedom of Pietermaritzburg by the then Mayor Cllr CB Downes.

Although he was a professional soccer player he would occasionally visit local teams and thrill the crowds with his skilful playing magic. Bomber was laid to rest over the weekend at Mountain Rise Cemetery in Pietermaritzburg after a service attended by the legends of football including Sugar Ray Xulu, Patson­ Kamuzu Banda and Michael Bizzah Dlamini

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