As the football family remain in mourning following the sad passing of Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane, Soccer Laduma looks back at one of the most intimate interviews conducted with the legend himself back in March of 1999.
It was particularly intimate when it came to speaking about his time coming to an end at Kaizer Chiefs where he believed the Amakhosi faithful made him the player that he was.
At the time when Paul Dolezar took over as Kaizer Chiefs coach, Shakes' chances of being in the starting line up for Chiefs became slim.
In issue 108 of Soccer Laduma, “Shakes” expressed his feelings , “It was the saddest day of my life. I sat and thought, can it be that I will never play for Chiefs again, not this season, not in my lifetime? It broke my heart , my saddest moment,” Shakes said in the interview back in 1999.
Not being in the coaches’ plans at the time, he turned to the fans and paid much homage to their support during this sad period in his life.
“The fans, they have been good to me, very good to me. They have stood by me through everything and never lost faith in me even when I was on the bench for so much of the season. Yes I’ll miss the atmosphere at the Chiefs games.”
“I will miss the “Shaaaaakes! Shaaaaakes!, from the fans. I love those supporters, they have made me what I am, they have lifted me up so high,” he added in the interview.