Scores of football legends paid their last respect to the former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker Marc Batchelor. He was buried on Thursday afternoon in Johannesburg.

Batchelor was one of the few players to have played for Chiefs, Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey was his teammate at Chiefs in the 90s. Tovey was surprised he never played for the national team.

Former Pirates captain Edward “Magents” Motale was his teammate when they won the CAF Champions League in 1995. Magents was saddened by the loss.

Former Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya played with Batchelor at Chiefs. They used to be twin strikers who scored many goals for Amakhosi.

Batchelor was later converted to become a central defender in the twilight of his career.

Batchelor is survived by his brother Warren. At the time of his death, he did not have a wife or any kids. Warren thanked everyone who came to support them.


Other former professional in attendance include Doctor Khumalo, Eugene Zwane, Rudolph Seale, and Nhlanhla Kubheka. – Report by Vincent Sitsula