Madida: Butler forged my career


The ex-Amakhosi coach passed on early Saturday morning after a long illness, with the club requesting a moment of silence before their Nedbank Cup quarter-finals against SuperSport United, which the Soweto giants lost on penalties.

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Butler first arrived at Chiefs in 1988, winning the JPS Knockout tournament in his debut season before clinching the league crown the following campaign.

Other trophies were to follow, including the BP Top Eight [now MTN8], Ohlsson Challenge and the Charity Spectacular in his four separate spells in charge of the club.

He also guided the Amakhosi class of 1992 to a league and cup double, with that group of players largely regarded as one of the most talented sides in South African football, having included players such as Doctor Khumalo, Donald "Ace" Khuse, Lucas Radebe, Neil Tovey, Chippa Molatedi, Garner Seale, Trever Mthimkhulu, Wellington Manyathi, Howard Freese, Ntsie Maphike, Scara Thindwa and Shane McGregor.

In that season, Madida benefited a lot under Butler as he scored 34 goals in all competitions for Amakhosi to walk away with Golden Boot at the end of the season.

The 50-year-old Madida says many players at that time benefited a lot under Butler and claims he played a key role in his development as a footballer, which saw him move abroad to play in Turkey.

"He [Butler] was part of the Chiefs side that broke records when he was in charge of the club and, if I'm not mistaken, we went [17 successive games] unbeaten [in 1991/92] and that was never heard of before and no coach in South Africa has ever matched that record," Madida recollects to

"I think the entire first round of the season we didn't lose a single match and I don't remember if we lost away in that season of 1991/92.

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"It is the same season where I created my own scoring record by scoring 34 goals and my record still stands today after 25 years, and we talking about the record goals scored in South Africa, not that of Collins Mbesuma [of 2004/05] that includes the Mandela Cup [CAF Confederation Cup], but I'm talking about goals in South Africa that consists of South Africa's cups.

"So in the history of football he [Butler] is part of my career because of the records I made. We also had the guys like Doctor Khumalo, Molatedi, Shane McGregor and Khuse and they were a bright spot for the club in that season.”

Butler also had a short stint as Bafana Bafana coach after South Africa's readmission to international sport in the post-apartheid era in 1992.

Madida continues: "His emphasis was 'you need to do your duty, if you are striker you must score goals, if you are midfielder you must build up the attack and support, if you are winger you must deliver the crosses for strikers to score, if you are defender you must defend’. Finished.

"He was very basic in coaching and he was like a father figure, too, not in coaching but he was like a father to us all. He was also a motivator and he was holistic as the coach.

"If you remember when he went to the [South Africa] national team and he was the first to put my name on the team list of players he had to call up for the national and he really shaped my career."

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