local soccer 26.5.2016 02:37 pm

Former Chiefs and Bafana coach Dumitru dies

Ted Dumitru has passed away. (Duif du Toit  Gallo Images)

Ted Dumitru has passed away. (Duif du Toit Gallo Images)

Former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru passed away on Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack, South African Football Association technical director Neil Tovey has confirmed.

“Yes he has,” Tovey told Phakaaathi when asked if Dumitru had passed away.

“Ted was big in football, football was his life, he always contributed and was always out there doing a job.”

The news was also confirmed by former Sundowns chairperson and close friend of Dumitru, Anastasia Tsichlas.

“He did pass away, unfortunately, I can’t believe it,” said Tshichlas.

“He had a big heart attack … I sent him an invitation to come to the PSL awards (on Monday). On Saturday we were supposed to have meeting. We were close …. He was the most successful coach ever at Sundowns.”

The 76-year-old won two Absa Premiership titles with Mamelodi Sundowns, before adding another two at the helm of Kaizer Chiefs. He also coached Bafana Bafana at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

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