Chiefs mourn legend Bizzah Dlamini
Chiefs mourn legend Bizzah Dlamini

Posted in Features, News on Jun 30, 2017.

Chairman Kaizer Motaung is deeply saddened by the passing of Kaizer Chiefs legend Michael Bhabha ‘Bizzah’ Dlamini. The former striker, who played for Amakhosi in the seventies, recently had an operation on the pancreas which was followed a few weeks later by a stroke. He unfortunately never recovered.

“Bizzah contributed tremendously to the club’s success in the seventies, thanks to scoring so many goals,” Motaung commented on Dlamini who lived in Durban. “We were also friends. He was a person with a very positive outlook on life and a smile almost never leaving his face.”

“I am devastated by his passing. We knew that Bizzah was operated on and that his health was not good in recent times. That is why we kept close contact with his family in order to provide strength and support. We will miss him dearly. It’s always sad when a member of the Kaizer Chiefs Family passes away. I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bizzah during this time of mourning.”

Dlamini was a prolific goalscorer for Chiefs in the early seventies, joining the club in 1970 and staying for six seasons.

“Bizzah scored many crucial goals for us, helping us to win numerous trophies in the years after the club’s foundation early 1970,” Motaung continued. “He was a very clever player. We not only had a great understanding on the field, but also off the field.”

The former striker played for Sobantu Manchester and Maritzburg City before joining the Glamour Boys in 1970. After his Amakhosi days, he became a coach at various clubs in Durban, like Bush Bucks and AmaZulu, before briefly returning to Chiefs to assist Paul Dolezar (1997-1999).

Dlamini was born on 20 October 1942 and raised in Sobantu Village, outside Pietermaritzburg. He lived most of his life in Durban. He leaves behind his wife, Virginia (known as Vee), three sons, Paris, Sandile and Nkanyiso, and daughter Thembeka.

Our memories of Bizzah will forever live in our hearts and his invaluable contribution will be reflected in the history books.

May his soul rest in peace!


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