The SA Football Association (SAFA) has conveyed their deepest condolences following the passing on of AmaZulu legend Cedric “Sugar Ray” Xulu.
Xulu, who will remembered as one of SA’s finest players died aged 80 in Mariannhill‚ KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday.
“Sugar Ray is a legend with a football heart. It was always a pleasure and uplifting to the spirit to meet and listen to him,” said SAFA President Danny Jordaan.
“We told him he would have won a place to wear that (Bafana Bafana) jersey but apartheid denied him. May his soul rest in peace. Our heart-felt condolences, prayers and thoughts are with his family during this difficult time, more so as we cannot be able to join them due to the lockdown regulations in place. Rest well Sugar Ray,” said Jordaan.
The Premier Soccer League who recently honoured Xulu with a Chairman’s Award during the 2018/19 PSL Awards in Durban also conveyed their condolences to the former AmaZulu stalwart.
“The PSL is saddened by the news of the passing of South African football icon Cedric “Sugar Ray” Xulu,” read a statement from the PSL.
“The League would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the Xulu family during this difficult moment. Xulu, who was recently honoured by the PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza with a Chairman’s Award at the 2018/19 PSL Awards in Durban, is regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest ever players.”
During his illustrious ‘Sugar Ray’ played for teams such as Avalon Athletics, Clermont Home Defenders, Black Pirates, Mbabane Swallows (Eswatini), Hammanskraal United and AmaZulu where he won the League championship in 1972.
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