Kaizer Chiefs Mourns the Passing of Legendary Player Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira at Age 77

Kaizer Chiefs Mourns the Passing of Legendary Player Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira at Age 77

Kaizer Chiefs are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of their former player, Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira, who left us on Sunday, 3 September, at the age of 77.

In this tribute, we reflect on the life and career of this beloved figure who made an indelible mark on the Amakhosi family.

A Pivotal Figure in Kaizer Chiefs’ History

From 1979 to 1983, Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira was a prominent member of Kaizer Chiefs, contributing significantly to the club’s triumphs during those years.

His time with the team was marked by unparalleled success.

The Origins of ‘Jingles’

Frank Pereira acquired the moniker ‘Jingles’ during his childhood, a name that would stick with him throughout his life.

As a 10-year-old, the sound of pennies jingling in his pocket while he ran on the field earned him this catchy nickname.

This amusing and endearing anecdote reflects the colorful personality he brought to the game.

A Nickname that Stuck

The name ‘Jingles’ was not a fleeting nickname but one that became synonymous with his identity.

It was given to him during his tenure with Stewarts & Lloyds by fellow player Bobby Farrel, and it remained with him as a testament to his distinctive presence on the field.

‘Mama KaSibongile’: An Affectionate Nickname from Fans

In addition to ‘Jingles,’ Kaizer Chiefs fans affectionately called him ‘Mama KaSibongile,’ a reference to the popular Soul Brothers’ hit song of the same name.

This demonstrated the deep connection he had with the supporters and the enduring impact of his time with the club.

A Remarkable Journey to Kaizer Chiefs

Frank Pereira’s professional career commenced with Vaal United in 1963, and he later played for Powerlines, Highlands Park, Jewish Guild, and Cape Town City before joining Kaizer Chiefs.

His move to Cape Town City from Jewish Guild marked him as the most expensive player in South Africa at that time.

Glory Days with Amakhosi

Arriving at Kaizer Chiefs in 1979, midway through the season, Pereira became an integral part of the team’s success.

In 1981, he was part of the Amakhosi squad that secured four trophies, and during his four-year tenure with the club, they clinched an impressive 10 trophies, including a league title in 1979.

Pereira’s Impact on South African Football

Ryder Mofokeng, the late former Kaizer Chiefs captain, once hailed Pereira as a prolific goal-scorer and a deadly finisher.

In an era that boasted remarkable strikers like Mickey Collins, Samora Khulu, and Rhee Skhosana, Pereira stood out for his ability to convert opportunities into goals.

A Journey from Madeira to South Africa

Originally hailing from the Portuguese island of Madeira, Frank Pereira arrived in South Africa at a young age.

His story is a testament to the multicultural tapestry of South African football, where talent from around the world converged to create a vibrant sporting landscape.

Beyond the Pitch: A Successful Entrepreneur

Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira was not only a football legend but also a successful businessman.

He ran a company specializing in the manufacture of various paper goods, showcasing his versatility and entrepreneurial spirit.

A Fond Farewell

In closing, Kaizer Chiefs paid tribute to ‘Jingles’ on their website, acknowledging him as both a person and a sporting icon who represented the club with distinction.

They extended heartfelt condolences to his family on behalf of chairperson, Dr. Kaizer Motaung, as they bid farewell to a beloved figure whose legacy will forever echo in the hearts of Amakhosi fans.

Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira’s memory will continue to shine brightly in the annals of South African football history.

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