Kaizer Chief have paid tribute to Chris 'Rollaway' Ndlovu as the former midfielder passed away on Saturday, 11 April.
"Chris Ndlovu was a quiet guy, but when it came to football,
he let his feet do the talking. He was clever and fast, using this to
'roll-away' from his opponents. Hence, the nickname, 'Rollaway'," the club said in a statement.
Ndlovu was born in Pimville in Soweto, and it was only
natural that he would play for the local soccer giants, Pimville United
Brothers (PUBS). The intelligent attacking midfielder made his name as a soccer
star at this club.
However, when PUBS got into financial trouble in 1974, most
of the players decided to leave. While a majority of their stars joined Orlando
Pirates, Ndlovu came to Kaizer Chiefs in 1975, staying at the club for four
"Our manager Ewert Nene convinced him to join Chiefs," remembers Amakhosi’s former goalkeeper Joseph 'Banks' Setlhodi.
thought that Chris would join Pirates, like the others. But Ewert was amazing,
he got things done and convinced Chris to join Chiefs instead."
Another former Chiefs footballer at the time, Johannes 'Big
Boy' Kholoane adds: "Chris was as strong as an ox. He played to the whistle… He
would outrun opponents, be found joining the attack and, accordingly, being
back in defence when needed. He only stopped running when the referee blew the
whistle at the end of 90 minutes."
Rollaway didn’t score too many goals, he was mostly a
creator. However, he did find the back of the net in the Gold and Black jersey,
including against his former team, PUBS on 26 July 1975. His brace helped
Chiefs to a 2-0 victory.
Ndlovu left Amakhosi in 1978, moving to Pretoria Callies.
However, he only stayed for a few months at the Atteridgeville-based club,
before going into coaching. He went on to coach clubs in Bophuthatswana and
later on, at the Transnet School of Excellence.
Ndlovu was born on 31 August 1945 and passed away on 11
April 2020. He leaves behind a son and a daughter.
- Kaizer Chiefs media