Joel Faya AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu FC have confirmed that former player Joel Faya has died. Image: X @AmaZuluFootball

KwaMashu football icon passes away after short illness

KwaMashu football icon and former Amazulu FC star Joel Faya passed away on Friday following a short illness

Joel Faya AmaZulu FC

AmaZulu FC have confirmed that former player Joel Faya has died. Image: X @AmaZuluFootball

AmaZulu FC confirmed this weekend that former star and KwaMashu football icon Joel Faya had died on Friday following a short illness.

Between 1978 and 1992, Faya was a player for Amazulu. Over the years, he worked for the club in a variety of technical team capacities as well. He was 66 years old at the time of his passing. 

Amazulu remember KwaMashu icon

Club chairman Sandile Zungu penned a tribute to the former player on X: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved club legend, Joel Faya, this morning.

“Faya’s contribution to our club as both a player and coach has been immense, and his impact on the team and our community will never be forgotten.

“Faya’s dedication, passion, and talent have left an indelible mark on our club’s history, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans.

“His presence on and off the field will be deeply missed, and his spirit will always remain a part of our club.

“During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Joel Faya’s family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

“May his precious soul rest in perfect peace, and may his memory bring comfort and solace to all who mourn his loss.

“With heartfelt condolences

“President Sandile Zungu AmaZulu FC”

Usuthu legend

Faya attended KwaMashu’s Mukelani Primary School for his elementary schooling, finishing at Mzuvele High School. When asked if playing football was his dream job, he answered as follows:

“I started playing soccer as a hobby and I have never thought that it could be a career but look at me now I have never worked in my life and I am happy to earn a living through what I enjoy the most.

“Look when I firstly got paid by AmaZulu, my payment was only R40 per week and at that time that was good money.”

Faya started his football career in 1977. 

The first team that he played for was the under-14 team of B.C Black’s and then in 1978, he joined AmaZulu FC where he played alongside the likes of the legendary Sugar Ray Xulu. 

Faya turned out with respected soccer legends such as the late Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe and he also described legendary soccer coach Clive Barker as his father in soccer.

Faya played for AmaZulu until 1992 and he then retired from the field but not from the team because he went on to coach for AmaZulu’s development team and continued to live within the community of KwaMashu.