Soccer legend to be honoured

2019-02-27 06:01

ONE of the long-standing servants of the game and former Maritzburg City owner in the late sixties and early seventies, Moosajee Moses Allie will be honoured in the city on March 3.

Allie was one of the popular figures in local soccer circles and his club was one of the few clubs that put together players of different racial groups during the tough apartheid era in South Africa.

Allie’s outfit, Maritzburg City, used the Royal Show Grounds and Fitz Simon grounds as their home turf.

Allie also discovered a lot of talent in local players and most of them went to play for South African soccer giants like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Spurs, Moroka Swallows and Santos, just to name a few.

Yesteryear heroes such as Henry Pietersen (captain), Archie Andrews, Mthunzi “Shadow” Kota, Alfred “Bomber” Chamane­, Errol Fisher, Narainsamy­ Reddy, Harry Lackay, Jessy­ Louw, Patrick “Cutter” Mthembu­, Bonginkosi “Ace”Mnikathi and others appreciated Allie’s management style and were discovered by him.

“He was a good leader and was able to bring together players from different walks of life, religions and culture. In 1962 we were able to win the KO Cup (national title) and in the final we hammered Aces United by 5-2 at Curries Fountain in Durban,” said former captain Henry Pietersen.

Pietersen says it was just unfortunate that most of the founder players are now late and only two are still alive, namely himself and Sydney Diedericks­.

The co-ordinator of Sunday’s event, Pat Bhengu said it was unfortunate that old stalwarts such as Allie­ were forgotten in local, regional, provincial and national circles. “This man contributed a lot in taking the game to another level and unearthed a lot of talent,” he said. The event to honour Allie and his 90th birthday will be held at City Hall on Sunday, March 3 at noon. — Supplied.

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