Durban Living Legend – Lawrence Ngubane
Soccer hero, Lawrence Ngubane was born in Durban in 1947. He began playing soccer at an early age and become a successful amateur. In the 1960’s he played for Iyasha Swallows of Hammarsdale also known as Mpumalanga Township, West of Durban. Later on he left Iyasha Swallows to form his own team Young Stars that won league and cup titles in Hammarsdale. He played a leading role in organising football in Hammarsdale and represented and captained the Camperdown District Football Association.
He was one of the founders of the Natal First Division of the National Professional Soccer League and the first chairman of the Ellerine League. In 1980, he took over the relegated African Wanderers and it was instrumental in its return to the first division in the next season.
His most memorable footballing moment with African Wanders was the defeat of Kaizer Chiefs (2-1) in the Mainstay Cup. In 1983, he took over Bush Bucks and won the league in 1985. While with Orlando Pirates they won 9 trophies between 1993 to 2000. In 2003, he co-founded Durban Stars and currently owns Thanda Royals Zulu.