The Ever-Smiling Alex Revoredo
This week, Standard General shines a light on the late Alexandre Revoredo.
The Brazilian was the man behind the scenes that had a hand in the ever-improving performances of the likes of Senzo Meyiwa and Itumeleng Khune. Even at 58 years of age, he was gone too soon.
Alexandre Revoredo made his way to South Africa in 2007, after working in the Brazilian national team for 12 years. He first linked up with AmaZulu, where he worked with Julio Leal. He would later move on to Golden Arrows, Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates.
Following his spell at the Buccaneers, he crossed the Soweto divide to take over the reins from Brian Baloyi at Kaizer Chiefs. The Brazilian coached some of the finest goalkeepers in the country, including Moeneeb Josephs, Itumeleng Khune and the late Senzo Meyiwa.
He worked as part of the technical team next to Ernst Middendorp, Eric Tinkler, Pitso Mosimane and Steve Komphela respectively, among other prominent coaches in the PSL. Needless to say, Revoredo left a legacy of immense proportions and contributed towards the careers of more than just a handful of players across the PSL and his native of Brazil.
It goes without saying that Revoredo made a huge impact on all of those who he crossed paths with within the local football fraternity, not only on professional terms but perhaps, more importantly, on a personal level. There is no doubt that Revoredo created a platform for his players to find happiness both on and off of the pitch, notwithstanding the pressures and rigours of professional football.
There’s only so much of a legacy one can leave, but for a foreign man who worked ‘behind the scenes’ at the clubs where he was employed, Revoredo’s legacy stretched as wide as anyone could have imagined and there’s little doubt that, for years to come, his memory will be remembered by the gloved men whose skills he honed.
How ironic, then, that Revoredo has now joined the man that he considered as a son, Senzo Meyiwa, in life beyond our earthly realm.
May his soul rest in peace.
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