“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Cedric “Sugar Ray” Xulu, an AmaZulu legend. Our condolences go out to all his friends and family during this tragic time. Rest in peace, legend,” AmaZulu confirmed his death on its Twitter page.
Xulu passed away on Monday 4 May at around 17:00 at the St Mary’s Hospital, in Marianhill, KwaZulu-Natal, after the 81-year-old’s battle with cancer.
XULU THE ‘SOUL OF AMAZULU’
“We are devastated by this sad news. The legendary Xulu was the soul of the club when one looks at our history,” said AmaZulu general manager Dr Lunga Sokhela.
“AmaZulu are well respected because of people like him. That even Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Jomo Sono have said they looked up to Sugar Ray Xulu, is something else,” Sokhela added.
TRIBUTES FROM SOCCER RIVALS
“The Abafana Bes’thende family are very saddened to hear the passing of soccer legend Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. May time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss,” Lamontville Golden Arrows FC wrote on Twitter.
Supersport United FC also expressed its condolences on Twitter:
“Our deepest condolences to the Xulu family and loved ones of footballing legend Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu. May his soul rest in peace.”
Xulu wrote his name into Usuthu and South African football history books during the 1960s, with the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, Durban, named after him. (source: thesouthafrican.com)