Ted Dumitru has passed on

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Former Kaizer Chiefs‚ Orlando Pirates‚ Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru collapsed in a shopping mall and was rushed to hospital on Thursday‚ but could not be saved.

He was 76 years old.

South African Football Association confirmed on Thursday.


Dumitru led Kaizer Chiefs to back-to-back PSL titles between 2004 and 2005. He also coached Orlando Pirates. Details are still sketchy at the moment stage but centre management is expected to release a statement related to an incident in the mall later on Thursday.

Dumitru last worked as a technical director for Mamelodi Sundowns‚ where he won back-to-back Premier Soccer League titles in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

He repeated that feat with Kaizer Chiefs in 2003-04‚ 2004-05‚ for a total of four league titles‚ a number that has only been equalled by Gordon Igesund.

He coached Bafana at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt‚ where they failed to win a game to exit in the first round.

Dumitru moved to South Africa‚ via coaching stints in the rest of Africa‚ from native Romania in 1985.

Source: online

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