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R.I.P Amos ‘Heel Extension’ Mkhari

Posted: 7 October 2014 Time: 15:55

It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of former Orlando Pirates player Amos ‘Heel Extension’ Mkhari.

Initially with Witbank Black Aces in the mid-1970’s, Mkhari spent more than eight years at Pirates as a hero of The Ghost, producing miracles with his clean backheels that would have been frowned on in today’s stiff, formalised football.

A left-winger who dribbled neatly and had good finishing, Mkhari made backheeling look like a simple thing to do on the park.

A ‘gliding’ kind of player who possessed awareness and vision, he was always confident that the leather would reach his teammate and not an opponent when he touched it back with his left heel. He made that kind of pass look as simple as if it was a Sunday morning kick-about in Soweto, not a big cup match at Orlando Stadium.

Who else could feed a striker in the box with one flick of a heel which changed the direction of the ball under pressure even if it was at a pace?

Who else was ready to try as bold a move as setting off his forwards with through-passes executed from as far away as the halfway line – with the heel of his boot! This pass really took place … with the scoreline at 1-1 in a crucial cup final against archrivals Kaizer Chiefs!
Mkhari was a true legend when real legends were deservedly called legends, unlike today when any former player is called a legend. Rest In Peace qhawe lama qhawe.

*Information Source: Kick Off Legends of Diski booklet published at turn of the century.

Article by: KICK OFF

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Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-10-07 13:59:15

May his soul rest in peace

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-07 14:01:19

R.I.P hosi ya hina.

posted: 2014-10-07 14:02:32

rest in peace khosi. you played for pirates but you never stopped supporting chiefs. true legend

posted: 2014-10-07 14:02:46

Lala Ngoxolo Bab'Mkhari


posted: 2014-10-07 14:06:18

May his soul rest in peace, I'm fortunate to witness this guy play those backheel passes at Lynnville stadium when I was a boy. Lala kahle zion elihle, once a bucs always a bucs.

posted: 2014-10-07 14:07:15

Etlela hiku rhula

posted: 2014-10-07 14:07:31


posted: 2014-10-07 14:09:18

RIP bakajuju, Shaka Ngcobo, Rhyder and City Kole know how confusing you were when in possession. Those who haven't seen you in action don't what they missed. You gave us true south African football and we're yet to see any one who come close to you!!! 

posted: 2014-10-07 14:09:21


Kickoff BloggerLePirates
posted: 2014-10-07 14:09:36

Condolences to the family and to all football lovers through out the country

posted: 2014-10-07 14:10:55

Rip bra

posted: 2014-10-07 14:11:07

Who else was ready to try as bold a move as setting off his forwards with through-passes executed from as far away as the halfway line – with the heel of his boot"  aag, exaggerations, can smeone send me clips of this guy and his doings

posted: 2014-10-07 14:12:19

a legend of high note 

posted: 2014-10-07 14:13:22

True EGENDS like you NEVER DIE they just disappear from us to REST thus giving the young ones a chance to emulate them . R.I.P.

posted: 2014-10-07 14:13:40

'unlike today when any former player is called a legend'... Shots fired

RIP Heel Extension

posted: 2014-10-07 14:14:46

Phenyoza  if I may ask. what is a legend

posted: 2014-10-07 14:16:41

R.I.P Heel Extension

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-10-07 14:17:18

RIP Buccaneer 

posted: 2014-10-07 14:17:37

RIP... but why do we eulogise the departed, and not praise a legend while he still walks this earth...

posted: 2014-10-07 14:17:50

Phenyoza  google defines a legend (Latin, legenda, "things to be read") as a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities. So any one can be a legend according to this definition.

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