Warm farewell for Alex

“Alex pursued his passion,” Chairman Kaizer Motaung said about the club’s late goalkeeper coach Alexandre ‘Alex’ Revoredo. “By migrating to South Africa and coming to do here exactly what he was doing in Brazil.”

Revoredo passed away last week, on Wednesday, 30 August. The funeral service was held today at the Maronite Catholic Church in Glenvista.

The full Kaizer Chiefs squad was present at the funeral with the technical team and the Football Manager, Bobby Motaung. Many of the Chiefs staff also attended.

There were also a variety of other dignitaries, including Safa’s chief executive officer Dennis Mumble, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane (who worked with Alex at Bafana Bafana), Zeca Marques, Orlando Pirates’ administrative officer, Floyd Mbele, Teboho Moloi, Lucky Lekgwati, Augusto Palacios (Alex worked for several years at Orlando Pirates) and Sundowns’ assistant-coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who got Revoredo to Golden Arrows in 2008.

Alex’s wife Deise, son Gabriel and a few others friends, mostly Brazilian, were also at the funeral service.

Gabriel held an emotional speech. “You were my papa (spiritual leader)”, the son mentioned, before adding how proud he was about the legacy his father left in the South African football world. He closed with saying, “Thanks dad. Thanks for everything you did for me.”

Revoredo’s agent Nadime Mahmood spoke about how he got the goalkeeper coach to South Africa, first with the Brazilian coach Júlio Leal at AmaZulu in 2007. Later on, coach Manqoba Mngqithi got Alex on a more permanent basis to South Africa in 2008, when he recruited him to become the goalkeeper coach at Golden Arrows.

“His love for people, his heart, the way he shared love, his job, his smiles… We will miss Alex,” Mahmood said. “He loved South Africa and the people of South Africa.” Then, while looking at the wife and the son, he added: “Family, be strong – you will never walk alone.”

It was Steve Komphela who got the goalkeeper coach to Kaizer Chiefs in 2016. He said: “Alex was not only a great goalkeeper coach, but he was also a great human being. This is not the end, but the beginning of eternal life.”

Komphela told the family as well how much Alex loved them and how, for example, he would show pictures of Gabriel, wearing the uniform of the Pólicia Militar do Brasil (the Brazilian military police).

In between the speeches, the players would sing a few songs, including Tsoha-tsoha, o robaletseng?

“Alex would lead us in the singing,” Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune pointed out. “He used to bring the changing room to life, under any circumstances. Alex was in fact a Zulu guy. He spoke the language very well and, whenever we were in KwaZulu-Natal, Alex would ask all kinds of questions about Shaka Zulu and the Zulu culture in general.

“I will never forget how, when I kept a clean sheet, Alex would run all the way from the dug-out to the box to give me a big hug and congratulate me. He was so passionate about his job. He might be gone, but his spirit will live on.”

Chiefs Chairman Motaung concluded with saying that “football brings people together and Alex is a prime example of that. He has now gone back to his creator. The players, however, should know that in the dressing room and on the pitch… Alex’s spirit will be there. He will never be forgotten.”