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Death of Chiefs 'Gladiator' Samora Khulu

2008-09-09 19:46 Joe Frickleton, who coached Kaizer Chiefs in the 1980s when they won five titles in a season, on Friday described Moran Samora Khulu, whose goals had been instrumental in the record feat, as "a true soccer gladiator."

Samora Khulu, whom Frickleton spotted while he was playing for African Wanderers in Durban, died this week - and club chairman Kaizer Motaung declared on Friday that "someone who set ablaze the fighting and winning spirit that became a tradition of the club is no longer with us".

"He was strong and fearless and could run through a brick wall," said Frickleton. "I immediately spotted his potential while I was still coaching Highlands Park - and a great measure of the success Chiefs achieved in the record-breaking season was due to him."

Khulu scored a hat-trick for Chiefs in his first game at Orlando Stadium against Wits University and he developed a penchant for scoring goals at Ellis Park - hitting the back of the net every time he played at the Doornfontein Stadium.

"We are deeply grieved by his passing," said Motaung, "and shall forever be thankful for his contribution to our success."