South African football mourns the loss of a true legend as former Orlando Pirates player and coach, Phil “Mr Clean” Setshedi, known to some as Phil “Mr Jones,” has sadly passed away. Setshedi was widely celebrated for his contributions to the sport, and his legacy will be remembered for years to come.
Phil Setshedi’s journey in football was nothing short of remarkable. He earned his nickname “Mr Clean” not just for his defensive skills but also for his unwavering integrity on and off the field. Setshedi’s time with Orlando Pirates left an indelible mark on the club’s history.
As a sturdy defender for Pirates, Setshedi not only thwarted opposition attacks but also made crucial contributions with goals when the team needed them the most. His presence on the pitch was a source of inspiration for many fans.
Setshedi’s most notable contribution to Orlando Pirates came in 1980 when he took on the role of player-coach.
Under his leadership, the Buccaneers embarked on a remarkable 16-match unbeaten streak. This incredible run culminated in the Pirates lifting the Mainstay Cup, defeating Moroka Swallows 3-2 in a thrilling final at a packed Orlando Stadium. His record of 16 unbeaten matches stood for over two decades.
The news of Phil Setshedi’s passing has left the football community in mourning.
Orlando Pirates took to social media to express their grief, stating, “Orlando Pirates is saddened by the passing of Legend, Phil Jones Setshedi. On behalf of the extended Orlando Pirates family, we convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Setshedi family. Rest In Peace, Bra Phil.
While Phil Setshedi’s career was marked by both triumphs and controversies, his legacy in South African football remains significant.
His remarkable achievements as a player and coach for Orlando Pirates and his impact on the game will be celebrated by fans and remembered by future generations.
As the football community bids farewell to a true legend, the memory of Phil Setshedi’s contributions to the sport will continue to shine brightly, reminding us of the highs and lows of a remarkable career.