Football legend Cedric 'Sugar Ray' Xulu dies, tributes pour in

Football legend Cedric 'Sugar Ray' Xulu dies, tributes pour in

KwaZulu-Natal and national football legend Cedric 'Sugar Ray' Xulu has died. 

Cedric' Sugar Ray' Xulu dies

The Durban-born legend is considered one of the country's finest talents ever to emerge and shine on, especially through the apartheid days when sports in the country faced one of its toughest periods. 

Clubs he's played for include AmaZulu - who described his performance on the pitch as menacing during his better parts of his career in the 60s. 

His contribution to SA soccer has not gone unnoticed and was honoured in several ways - one of the most prominent being the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Cleremont township in Durban. 

The multi-purpose stadium was selected as one of three training venues of the prestigious 2010 FIFA World Cup event. 

Xulu passed on at the age of 81 in hospital. It's believed he'd been fighting cancer.

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of one of our legendary footballers. His death has robbed our country, especially our province, of someone who made an indelible mark in the football fraternity", said KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala.

"On behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and the soccer-loving people of our province, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the Xulu family, friends and relatives and the entire South African soccer fraternity for losing this legend," he said. 

Tributes have been pouring in on social media. 

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