A time when the great ‘Ace’ scored goals by the dozen

16 November 1974

At Orlando Stadium

Orlando Pirates 0

Kaizer Chiefs 3

Not many players cross the ‘iron curtain’ and don the jersey of both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

And when you’re born and bred in Orlando East and you wear the colours of Kaizer Chiefs, there’s a special kind of vitriol reserved for you from the Buccaneers faithful.

Jerry Sadike was one such player, a player whose name is etched in all kinds of football folklore. Not only did he first represent Pimville United Brothers (PUBS) and later on both Soweto giants, but he also played for Swaraj in the Federation Professional League (FPL) and was the first player of colour to play for the revered Highlands Park in the National Professional Soccer League.

So, Sadike’s career really went full circle.

One of his defining games, however, came for Chiefs on 16 November 1974 when Sadike’s brace, along with a Pule ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe goal, gave the Amakhosi a comfortable 3-0 win in the final match of the season to put the seal on Chiefs’ first ever National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) title win.

That NPSL title win came in emphatic style, with the Amakhosi scoring an amazing 106 goals in 30 games that season, and finishing nine points ahead of league runners up Moroka Swallows.

The squad had many stars, including Ntsoelengoe, Herman ‘Pele’ Blashcke, Michael ‘Bizzah’ Dlamini, Abednigo ‘Shaka’ Ngcobo, Vusi ‘Computer’ Lamola, Kaizer Motaung and Johannes ‘Big Boy’ Kholoane.

The phenomenal goalscoring machine Ntsoelengoe netted 42 goals that year, including an incredible 36 goals in the league.

“That team could have been the national team, we were so good. We could score and score and score,” says Sadike.

As for the Soweto Derby, Sadike says both he and of course Kaizer Motaung also hailed from Orlando East, and the cavernous township could be a lonely place when you excelled in opposition colours.

“Me and Kaizer both of course came from Orlando East. The fans end up not talking to you at all around the time of the Derby. The butterflies in the stomach are overwhelming…until you touch the ball,” says Sadike.

And on that day, Sadike’s two touches of the ball gave Chiefs their first taste of the league holy grail.