SA FOOTBALL MOURNS MIDFIELD MAESTRO
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Condolences are pouring in for former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfield wizard Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane who passed away on Wednesday, two days after he was admitted to hospital.
Kungwane (43) started his career professionally at Jomo Cosmos in 1990 before moving to Chiefs. He hung up his boots in 2002, and then worked as an analyst for SuperSport.
“We are all stunned and saddened by this awful news. Shakes brought vitality, knowledge and understanding to his role at SuperSport,” SuperSport’s head of production, Alvin Naicker, said in a statement.
“He was adored by everyone. This is a sad day for football lovers who will recall Shakes for his wizardry on the ball,” he added.
Speaking to JournalismIziko Sport, football legend Lucas Radebe said there was never a dull moment with Shakes.
“Shakes will be remembered for his charisma and sense of humour. He was always joking and laughing,” Radebe said.
“When I heard about his passing, I didn’t know what to say. I remembered all the memories I had with him on and off the field. He was a good passer of the ball and enjoyed football. He was himself and never tried to be somebody else,” Radede added.
Shoes Moshoeu said Shakes had left behind a remarkable legacy.
“As a player and an analyst, he left his mark,” Moshoeu said. “He was a funny guy and got along with everyone. It is sad to lose a person of Shakes’ calibre but that is part of life. He will be solely missed.”
In a statement, South African Football Association presiden Danny Jordaan said, “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the loss of one of South Africa’s favourite football sons.
“Shakes was loved my many football followers from all walks of life for his extraordinary skills which is now rare in football world. He was also a gifted football analyst whose humour kept many glued to the television screens week in week out.”
Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung said: “Shakes served Chiefs with distinction and will be remembered for the role he played during his playing career at Chiefs. Our deepest heartfelt condolences go to bereaved family and friends.”