Lawrence Ngubane, far left, receives the Chairman's Award during the 2015/16 Premier Soccer League Awards. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

DURBAN – The legend of the late Orlando Pirates administrator Lawrence Ngubane lives on after one of the foreign players he recruited recently earned a top-flight contract in Romania.

The name Mahadi Kayondo hardly makes a blip on the South African football radar.

That’s because the 21-year-old Ugandan attacker’s hopes of playing professionally here were dashed following the death of Ngubane before he could finalise trials for the player.

Now Kayondo is awaiting his work permit to play for ACS Poli Timisoara, where he penned a two-year deal.

In part, his rise from the amateur lower division in Uganda to a professional European contract via South Africa is due to Ngubane’s scouting network.

The midfielder-cum-striker was brought to South Africa as an unknown teenager in mid-2016 by the veteran football administrator who made his mark with the Buccaneers in the 1990s.

Ngubane was connected to several semi-professional clubs in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. However before a deal could be struck for Kayondo the former Pirates and AmaZulu administrator suffered a stroke and died aged 69 in October 2016.

Kamlesh Gosai


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