Durban has lost one of it’s all time greats with the passing of Abednigo ‘Shaka’ Ngcobo, who died of a heart attack at his home on Saturday morning. Shaka, so named because of his impressive physique that was said to resemble the great Shaka Zulu, was a Kaizer Chiefs player until his retirement in December 1984. Born in Cato Manor in 1950, Shaka was recruited by Kaizer Chiefs after scoring an impressive six goals against them in a friendly match in 1972. He began playing soccer at a young age, and was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards over the course of his nearly 20 year career, including ‘Footballer of the Year’ in 1979. Shaka also shared the record for the fastest goal in South African professional football history, after taking 10 seconds to score against Moroka Swallows at Vosloorus in October 1976. In 2009 he was named an ‘eThekwini Living Legend‘ for his outstanding contribution to the development of soccer in Durban.
Shaka passed away at the age of 64 at his home in Alexander, where he was running a taxi business. He is survived by his wife Khanyisile Khumalo, his sister Zandile, his daughter, Bongiwe, and his three grandchildren. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and all who knew him.