Romanian-born coaching legend who managed the Kaizer Chiefs‚ Orlando Pirates‚ Mamelodi Sundowns and the national team Bafana Bafana, Ted Dumitru has been reported dead after collapsing at the Eastgate Shoping Centre, east of Johannesburg, Thursday morning.
He promptly received medical treatment from paramedics on the scene but unfortunately, he later gave up the ghost.
South African Football Association technical director Neil Tovey together with former Sundowns chairperson Anastasia Tsichlas confirmed Dumitru’s death. Tsichlas described his cause of death as a ‘big heart attack’
“He did pass away‚ unfortunately‚ I can’t believe it‚” Tshichlas was quoted as saying. “He has a big heart attack.”
Centre management is expected to release a statement related to the incident in the mall later today, but for now there are no further details available.
76-year-old Romanian-born coaching legend Ted Dumitru, also known as ‘The Professor’ was responsible for Kaizer Chiefs back-to-back PSL titles in 2004 and 2005.
Added to his long list of achievements in the sporting world is the time he spent coaching Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. He was also one of few coaches to have managed South Africa’s so-called ‘Big Three’.
Dumitru started playing football with local club Sportul Studenţesc during the late 1950s. However, his career was short-lived as a result of injuries and he resorted to coaching instead.
Soccer fans worldwide are expressing their shock over the shocking news of Dumitru’s death, while the South African Football Association joins many fans in sending their condolences on his passing.
The retired coach who last worked as a technical director for Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier Soccer League takes credit for playing a huge role in the development of football in the country.