Kaizer Chiefs have honoured their legendary centre-back Howard Freese by retiring his famous number 20 jersey.
‘The Rock’ won 13 titles with the AmaKhosi after joining in 1985, including the league title three times in 1989, 1991 and 1992.
His becomes the second Chiefs jersey to be retired after Doctor Khumalo’s number 15, and comes on the back of Freese donating a number of pristine jerseys he kept from his playing days.
“Howard is a living dedication of the commitment you show to something you truly love and he is a living testimony to the spirit of Love and Peace that Kaizer Chiefs espouses,” club chairman Kaizer Motaung said.
“As Chairman of the club, I would like to announce that his number (20) should be properly retired. It will not feature again on the field of play, because of the significance of the contribution that has been made by Howard today.
“The jersey is now retired, but it is also treasured. It is in our treasure chest to honour the person that wore this number. It is a rare thing in football and it is because of the quality of the person that represented the club.”