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Motaung ‘Deeply Hurt’, Praises Butler’s Amakhosi Legacy

Kaizer Motaung has spoken of his sorrow at the passing of former Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Jeff Butler, but says the Englishman left a legacy at Naturena.
 
 
Butler sadly passed away on Sunday morning after he was hospitalised for his ill health, with South Africa’s football fraternity mourning his loss with a moment of silence before Chiefs took on SuperSport United. 
 
Motaung, who brought Butler to Mzansi in the 1990s, says that it is a big blow for the club and that it is hard to accept that he is no longer with them. 
 
 
He told the club’s official website, “I’m devastated to hear this. We kept in touch with his family through his ill health but it is still a big shock to learn that he is gone. Jeff loved and lived football. I am deeply hurt. It is hard to accept but what do you do when someone has earned his innings?
 
“On behalf of my family and the Kaizer Chiefs family, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The football legend and friend is gone but his legacy at Chiefs is cast in stone. Rest in peace the champ, Jeff.
 
“When I recruited Jeff, he was in Cyprus. We brought him in to help turn our fortunes around at the time, and he did exactly that.”
 
No coach has won more league titles than Butler in South Africa – he is tied with Gordon Igesund and Ted Dumitru on four each and he twice won trebles with the Glamour Boys in 1991 and 1992. He won three league titles with Chiefs and one with Mamelodi Sundowns. 
 

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