Chiefs saddened by Pereira passing
Chiefs saddened by Pereira passing

Posted in Club News, News on Sep 04, 2023.

Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira: 2 November 1945 – 3 September 2023

Kaizer Chiefs are saddened to hear of the passing of former Amakhosi player, Frank ‘Jingles’ Pereira, on Sunday, 3 September, at the age of 77. Jingles was a Chiefs player from 1979-1983 and contributed immensely to the Club’s success in those years.

Pereira was nicknamed ‘Jingles’ by his peers after picking up the name when playing with pennies in his pocket as a 10 year old. They would jingle every time he ran. The name was given to him when he was playing for Stewarts & Lloyds, by first team player, Bobby Farrel and it stuck. He was also nicknamed ‘Mama KaSibongile’ by Chiefs fans after the popular Soul Brothers’ hit song with the same title.

His professional career began with Vaal United in 1963, and later joined Powerlines, Highlands Park, Jewish Guild and Cape Town City, before joining Chiefs. His move to Cape Town City from Jewish Guild made him the most expensive player in South Africa at the time. He arrived at Chiefs in 1979, midway through the season, and was part of the Amakhosi team that won four trophies in 1981. In four years as a Chiefs player, he helped the club win 10 trophies, including a league title in 1979.

The late former Chiefs captain, Ryder Mofokeng once said of Pereira, “South Africa had some fantastic strikers in those days, like Mickey Collins, Samora Khulu and Rhee Skhosana. Pereira was another prolific goal-scorer and deadly finisher, who did not miss many opportunities.”

Pereira, who was the top goal scorer in the South African top flight in 1973 with Cape Town City, where he netted 26 goals, was originally from the Portuguese island of Madeira and came to South Africa at an early age. He was a successful businessman who ran a company which manufactured various paper goods.

Chiefs would like to take this moment to remember Jingles as a person and sporting icon who represented the Club in an exemplary manner and, on behalf of Chairman, Dr. Kaizer Motaung, the Club pass on our heartfelt condolences to his family.

“To me, Kaizer Chiefs has grown into an empire. It’s unbelievable to realize where the club comes from and where it is now. It has been simply magnificent. I am proud to have been part of Amakhosi’s journey” - Jingles Pereira in February 2020 commenting on Chiefs turning 50 in January 2020.

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