As the world celebrate the new year, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed the passing of their longest serving coach Johannes “Ryder” Mofokeng on Saturday 02 January 2021.
Ryder Mofokeng played for White City Lucky Brothers where he played with Webster Lichaba before he was invited to play for the Chiefs reserves in 1972.
“Captain My Captain” as Ryder was affectionately known amongst Khosi fans and teammates, he played for Glamour Boys during the “Golden Era”, he was appointed as captain of Amakhosi by then coach Eddie Lewis when he was 23. He was captain for 11 years and won 4 NPSL titles and a famous quadruple in 1981 with Jingles Pereira, Marks Maponyane, Abednigo Ngcobo, Nelson Dladla and Vusi Lamola and more. He scored one goal in his whole career.
Ryder was a formidable defender, who also had skill to stand between the poles as a goalkeeper.
Amakhosi wrote this on the social media: Captain my Captain, as Ryder was affectionately known, robala ka kgotso Phoka. Legends don’t die, they replicate. God be with the family and give them strength as they go through this valley of darkness
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our legend and longest serving Kaizer Chiefs captain Johannes ‘Ryder’ Mofokeng.
The Chairman has on behalf of the Club expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family & friends.
Robala ka kgotso Phoka. pic.twitter.com/4mwCvSTvtn
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) January 2, 2021
TRIBUTE TO JOHANNES ‘RYDER’ MOFOKENG
Captain my Captain, as Ryder was affectionately known, robala ka kgotso Phoka. Legends don’t die, they replicate. God be with the family and give them strength as they go through this valley of darknesshttps://t.co/2BBIb3YNZC#Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/CVJlpz1Ugu
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) January 3, 2021
What a Captain. What a leader. What a football player.
RIP Ryder Mofokeng. 🙏🏾💔🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/UDeoQ6vP9x
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) January 2, 2021
The Premier Soccer League is mourning the loss of the legendary former Kaizer Chiefs captain Johannes ‘Ryder’ Mofokeng.
The League conveys heartfelt condolences to the Mofokeng family, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club and the football fraternity at large. pic.twitter.com/K2zM3nzdSE
— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) January 3, 2021
— Official Pretoria Callies Football Club (@ptacallies_fc) January 2, 2021