Soccer history: Remembering Ted Dumitru, one of Mzansi's best coaches

Soccer history: Remembering Ted Dumitru, one of Mzansi's best coaches

On this Throwback Thursday, salutes one of Mzansi’s best coaches – the legendary Ted Dumitru.

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Throwback Thursday is usually reserved for a memorable football player, but in this case, salutes one of Mzansi’s finest coaches.

The legendary Ted Dumitru was brought to South Africa by Kaizer Motaung in 1985.

Back then, Dumitru was relatively unknown, but had helped Zambia qualify for the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.

Unfortunately, Dumitru wasn’t allowed to coach the team at the event as he carried a US passport and Libya imposed sanctions against Americans.

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In his youth, the Romanian was an avid footballer, but his career was cut short due to a serious knee injury.

He took up coaching and became Romania’s youngest ever manager at the tender age of 25.

When Dumitru arrived at Chiefs, he took to South Africa like a duck to water, winning eight trophies over three seasons.

Dumitru is one of the few coaches to have coached the big three South African teams and he secured back-to-back league titles while at Mamelodi Sundowns in 1998 and 1999.

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The legendary mentor then returned to the Amakhosi in 2003 and guided them to back-to-back league triumphs as well.

Aside from the remarkable amount of silverware Dumitru accrued, he also earned a reputation for developing young players and coaches.

Through his guidance, the Chibuku Youth Centre in Soweto was founded in 1992. also understands that Dumitru established the Esselen Park School of Excellence, which yielded the likes of Daine Klate and Steven Pienaar.

Incredibly, it’s been reported that Dumitru played a role in the development of more than 180 local coaches.

Master Ted passed away in 2016 after he suffered a heart attack.

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