Absa Premiership

Former Chiefs coach Jeff Butler dies

2017-04-22 15:58
Jeff Butler - RIP (File)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Jeff Butler has died‚ the club has confirmed.

Chiefs took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that their highly successful coach of the late 1980s and early 1990s had died.

Chiefs tweeted: “Our deepest condolences to the family & friends of our former coach‚ Jeff Butler after passing on this morning. May his soul RIP #Khosi4Life”

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) also released a statement saying that there will be a moment of silence held in honour of Butler in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final between Amakhosi and SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00.

The statement from the PSL read: The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will observe a moment of silence for the late former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana coach, Jeff Butler.

This will apply only at this evening’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final fixture between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium.

Butler passed on this morning. The PSL family sends heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Jeff Butler.

Kaizer Chiefs founder and chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, expressed his "devastation" at the news of Butler's death.

“I’m devastated by this news,” said Motaung.

“When I recruited Jeff he was in Cyprus. We brought him to turn around our fortunes at the time, and he did exactly that.”

Butler arrived at Chiefs in 1988, and the following year won the JPS Knockout Cup and also the National Soccer League championship in 1989.

“By the time he completed his coaching stint in 1996, he had recorded many trophies under his name,” remembers Motaung.

“I remember some of the trophies included the BP Top Eight Cup, Ohlssons Challenge and the Charity Spectacular.”

“We kept in touch with his family through his ill health,” revealed Motaung.

“Jeff loved and lived football. I am deeply hurt. It is hard to accept but what do you do when someone has earned his innings?”

“On behalf of my family and the Kaizer Chiefs family I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The football legend and friend is gone but his history at Chiefs is cast in stone.”

Butler briefly coached Bafana Bafana after South Africa’s readmission to international football in 1992‚ but was fired after issues over falsifying his CV.

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