Former Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru dies of sudden heart attack
Any fan of African football is familiar with the former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dumitru. The coach was born in 1939 and started playing football in 1950’s. His career in the field was however cut short by injuries. This did not, however, kill his love for football as he started former Stiinta Craiova, at the age of 25 years. By that time he was the youngest coach!
As the coach, he saved the team from relegation in the first season. This was a great milestone as he started climbing his ladder, as a coach. In the second season. The team finished eighth. A really great achievement.
He also coached Zambia, Namibia and Swaziland. As the coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, he took the team to the Champions League final.
Dimitru, well known as Master Ted in South Africa was one of the most celebrated football personalities. Many International football players have him to thank for their milestones.
His successes were however accompanied by failures, especially in Bafana Bafana, where the team lost 3 games in a row and he lost his job.
Master Ted passed on yesterday, at the age of 76 years, in Johannesburg, at a shopping mall. Speculations are that he died of heart attack.
Condolences to the football family and his family. His legacy and contributions towards football will surely live on.