Dr Khoza pays ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu a special visit

The chairman of the Premier Soccer League Dr Irvin Khoza yesterday (Saturday) afternoon paid a special visit to football legend Thulani Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu at his home in Clermont, Durban.

Dr Khoza was accompanied by the acting Chief Executive of the League Ms. Mato Madlala together with Dr Patrick Sokhela and Mr Sibusiso Mpisane.

Speaking after the visit, Dr Khoza said: “Sugar Ray represents the beautiful memories of football, he represents the power of silence. He represents an institution that gave us hope during a time when our country was in a hopeless situation. He broke records that have not been equalled. More importantly, he was a role model off the field – a man of few words.”

Dr Khoza said ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu belonged to a generation of players who defined an era with his place in history secured.

“When we see Jomo Sono, we see Orlando Pirates. When we see Kaizer Motaung, we see Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. When we see Sugar Ray, we see Amazulu. Sugar Ray belongs to this class defined history and left a permanent footprint. It is important that we must preserve this history so that future generations must know about their heroes. That is why we decided to pay him a visit,” he added. The legendary ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu thanked the PSL delegation for the visit.

He said: “This is a big surprise for me to have the Chairman of the League Dr Khoza and football family visiting me. It is really special. I would like to thank him (Dr Khoza) for being true to his word and also for not forgetting us. I’m very proud of what he has been able to achieve at the PSL.”

‘Sugar Ray’ was born in December 1939 in Durban. Although he played for a number of clubs, he is best remembered for his day at Amazulu where he secured his legendary status.