March 20, 2010

The South African Federation Legends – still living and fighting

Filed under: sports,testimonies — newritings @ 6:21 pm

the Gauteng leadership

This afternoon was another memorable day. Old players and administrators from the SA Football Federation (FPL) met to  discuss how they can recuperate the memory of their struggles for building non-racial sport in South Africa. The coordinating committee of SA Fed Legends, led by some able administrators from yester year – Don Mudaly and K Pops Chetty, the current chairperson of the iniative which was established in Kwazulu Natal in 2007 -, had come to Johannesburg, Gauteng to form its provincial structure. They are building up towards a national meeting after visiting all provinces where the FPL had some foothold.

Alan  Moonsammy, Virgil Padiachee, Smiley Moosa and a number of ex-players were present to support the able adminstrators such as Billa Singh, Kokie  Singh, Boetie Eshack and others in this endeavour.  Community radio East Wave promised to host talk shows and explore a dinner dance to celebrate the heroes of non racialism.

The draft constitution lists some of the objectives as follows:

To unite, give recognition and support to  players and officials of  the South African Soccer League and the Federation Professional League from 1960 to 1990.

_ To render moral and physical support, counselling and aid to families and of  players who may need assistance.

_ To unite players and officials of the SASL and FPL from 1960 to 1990.

_ To give recognition and honour to the players and officials who fought  for the cause of non racial soccer.

_ To encourage and promote the spirit and  camaraderie among The Legends through sporting, recreation and social activities.

The Legends initiatve agreed to form a Trust to  support ex-players of non-racialism that are in need. To date the organisation has assisted former Verulam star Vasu Chetty who is now a paraplegic, by providing him with a wheel chair, and have also donated a buffing machine to his former teammate, Valiant Alley, who lost a foot due  to illness. It is hoped that he will be able to have  greater mobility throught their assistance.

I attended the reunion and loved meeting some of my heroes of yester year.

“You guys have nothing to be apologetic about”, I said to Smiley Moosa, who had to play white turning up for Berea Park to show off his  skills as a skilful  player. Essop was not white but he was fair  in colour and just in spirit. I told these comrades that they fought the  good fight, and “if we are fighting to recuperate the memory in politics of men (and mostly women) who have been written out of history, it is fighting the good fight to be recognised because  you guys rid the sport of the politics of hate and exclusion”. To the peace time warriors of today, I say you cannot obliterate the contribution of these stalwards from our minds, even if you try to keep it out of public  debate.



  1. Hi,
    My Father as everyone knows Him Is Ahmed Kaloo who was recently with Tigers FC of Lenasia. Can someone please tell me where I can get old photo’s of My dad in His Hey days..

    Comment by Yusuf Shaikh — December 7, 2011 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • there is a facebook site on bluebells and other teams…I will look too. check me out on facebook
      hass lorgat

      Comment by newritings — April 12, 2012 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. History repeats itself; that”s one of the things that”s wrong with history….

    There is no such thing as justice – in or out of court….

    Trackback by science stage — May 9, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  3. Hi Mr Naidoo “slow” from Arsenal fc “just want to inform or ;let people know that to me you where a great soccer coach and a good motivator as far as the playing of the game was concern. I always wanted to play for Swaraj but ended up playing for Botafago and Imperial callies under the late George Santoro.

    Comment by brian "slow" — February 17, 2013 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

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