Kaizer Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune says Alex Revoredo reminded him of Senzo Meyiwa
Posted: 4 September 2017 Time: 08:32
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the late Alexandre Revoredo reminded him of Senzo Meyiwa.
Chiefs keeper coach Revoredo passed away from an undisclosed illness last week Wednesday.
The Brazilian joined Amakhosi in June 2016, having previously spent four years with Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates where he worked with Meyiwa, who was gunned down in October 2014.
Revoredo arrived in South Africa in 2007 to serve as a keeper coach under compatriot Julio Leal at AmaZulu. He also plied his trade at Bafana Bafana and Golden Arrows.
Khune told his club's website: “Alex was such an energetic person. He was forever smiling. I can’t remember that he ever came to work, looking somewhat down.
"He loved his job as goalkeeper coach. Alex respected his job and we all respected him. Before he arrived at Kaizer Chiefs for the 2016/2017 season, I already worked with him at Bafana Bafana, including during the 2010 World Cup.
"Whenever we were with Chiefs at FNB Stadium – either for a pre-match training session or a practice game – Alex would tell me: ‘Itu, we were together at the 2010 World Cup and we were at the opening game of the tournament. We made history together.’
“His Zulu was better than his English. Alex learnt to speak Zulu during the time he worked with the late Senzo Meyiwa at Orlando Pirates. To be honest, Alex reminded me a lot of Senzo.
"They shared some character traits. Alex was a remarkable person. He always greeted everybody, including at the airport. We would laugh our lungs out when he walked to the other side of the airport hall just to greet somebody, often a person he never met before. It displayed his humility.
“Before a game, Alex would say to me: ‘Itu, you are the best. Show it to the country!’ It’s sad that Alex never won any major silverware with us. However, we will now make sure that we will win trophies. We strive to do that for Alex. He was a very special person and I will miss him dearly.”
Fellow Chiefs keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo says Revoredo often spoke about Meyiwa.
“He liked to say: ‘I have three sons – my own son Gabriel, Senzo Meyiwa and you.’ He often talked about Senzo, about life and death. That was very special.”
Khuzwayo added: “I became very close to Alex. We often talked about goalkeeping and life. He seemed happy all the time. He used to tell me: ‘Be happy’ or ‘Be happy about yourself.’
"Alex could make one believe in one’s qualities. And as regards training sessions, Alex wanted us, as goalkeepers, to work hard. There was nothing for free in life.”