‘Shakes was one of a kind’

Posted: 28 May 2014 Time: 06:42 pm

It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing of former Kaizer Chiefs player and my good friend Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane.

Shakes made a huge impact on most soccer fans – myself included – who admired his breathtaking skills while at the peak of his career with Kaizer Chiefs.

I first witnessed Kungwane’s skills in his first match for Chiefs, against Hellenic on 29 March, 1991. He had earlier played his first match in the Iwisa Charity Spectacular against Sundowns, but the match against Hellenic is the match when he truly announced his arrival in Mzansi.

With Chiefs leading Hellenic 6-0, Shakes received a pass from the touchline. A Hellenic defender came rushing down to close him but, in typical Shakes style, he feigned a cross, the Hellenic defender turned his back on the ball, and SABC cameras were showing us the sky while the ball was still at Shakes’ feet.

The crowd went wild, and the darling of South African football was born.

In 1992 he suffered a terrible knee injury which kept on the sidelines for nine months. But he bounced back and helped Chiefs win the Bob Save Super Bowl and the League title. And since then Shakes never looked back.

At the peak of his career Kungwane was one of kind, with rare skills, something that is missing in South African football these days. But his knee injury denied fans the chance to truly witness his skills, hence he only played two national team matches.

After retiring from football after a spell at Manning Rangers, Kungwane worked for Mpumalanga Black Aces and as an analyst for SuperSport. As an analyst he was always professional and funny when giving his expert opinion.

Kungwane’s passing is a sad loss to many South African football fans.

May his soul rest in peace.

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posted: 2014-05-28 16:53:13

Rest in peace shakes .

posted: 2014-05-28 17:01:03

Rest in peace shakes, its a great loss to South African football

posted: 2014-05-28 17:02:21

Maya Angelou, who coincidentally passed on today as well, once spoke to the living, how they heard the slamming of door through which no ttaveller returns, shut on " Shakes Kungoane". It is quite ironic that at the time the world mourns her, we hear the door slamming and Shakes travelling through, to return no more. Makes you think, just how wxpendable human life is.

He was young gifted and Black ( by Nina Simone).

posted: 2014-05-28 17:07:44

May your soul rest in peace.We will miss you and your jokes.

posted: 2014-05-28 17:09:58

May God bless his soul.

posted: 2014-05-28 17:13:13

RIP Kasi Flavour......Khosi For Life

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posted: 2014-05-28 17:15:59

RIP Shakes.

posted: 2014-05-28 17:17:23

RIP Shakes

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posted: 2014-05-28 17:22:33

Is this real or one of the mistake common from KO journalist

posted: 2014-05-28 17:23:39

Wt a loss......All the Gud doesn't stay long..only bad that stay behind....

posted: 2014-05-28 17:32:22

Eish this its wht called a lost

Can Do
posted: 2014-05-28 17:33:04

Shocking indeed! Here today, gone tomorrow...scary. Heart felt condolences to his wife and children and family. Only 43, very sad! May his soul rest in peace. You will surely be missed by soccer fans as you had become part of us sitting in our lounges watching the game!

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2014-05-28 17:33:20

I don't believe this, I wonder what happened to his life. We always miss him as a player and as a soccer analyst at supersport.

posted: 2014-05-28 17:34:41

You always brought laughter where ever you were you  ran your race and thank you for all the moments you gave us on and off the field RIP

posted: 2014-05-28 17:37:59

Acheee des life Mara

May Shakes' Soul Rest In Perfect Peace And Harmony.....

Shakes has met with His Creator

posted: 2014-05-28 17:40:15

How did he die. Was he sick, accident or what?

K53 Rhino
posted: 2014-05-28 17:42:10

Yha Ne! Ikhosi lam elikhulu we will Miss you NOMAKANJANI! Love & Peace. 

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