Dr Irvin Khoza was born on 27 January, 1948 in Alexandra township. He turns 72 years old today. Orlando Pirates Football Club took to social media to wish him a wonderful day. Briefly.co.za gathered a few interesting facts about the Bucs chairman to celebrate the occasion.
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1. Early childhood
Khoza was born on this day 72 years ago. He began his education at the Roma Mission School in Alexandra before attending Orlando High in Soweto.
He was a student at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape but did not complete his studies as he was allegedly expelled for anti-apartheid activities.
He is nicknamed Iron Duke / Squveve.
4. Football career
He is the chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club, chairman of the South African Premier Soccer League and by virtue of this, vice-president of the South African Football Association. His relationship with Orlando Pirates started in 1980 when he became its secretary and owner in 1991. As the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, he was instrumental in securing the current sponsors of the league, Absa Group Limited.
5. 2010 FIFA World Cup
He was also the chairman of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, after serving as the chairman of South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup bid.
Social media users took to Facebook to wish him a lovely day. Sibusiso Mabuza said:
"Happy birthday The Iron Duke, wishing you many healthy years Mr Chairman & thank you for your leadership of The Mighty Ghost."
Simphiwe Njotini said:
"His only error was employing Rhulani. But all-in-all he has been a superb chairman."
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Pheks Lehipi Punchline Lyrist said:
"Happy Birthday Iron Duke. Wishing you many more years to come Mr Chairman filled with blessings and Trophies to the Bucs ship!!!"
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