Frank “Jingles” Pereira is a footballing legend, who’s story many don’t know. Though many of us never saw him play he truly was a gifted football player.
Frank Pereira (born 2 November 1945) born in Jardim do Mar, Madeira, Portugal is a former Portuguese born South African football midfielder and was a part of the 1981 quadruple winning Kaizer Chiefs.
Pereira grew up on a farm where he eventually gained skills from playing with the African labourers’ kids. People at his school wanted him to play rugby but he loved football and he was heavily criticised for playing what was termed at the time a black man’s sport.
At the age of 24, Pereira won the 1969 NFL Footballer of the Year award.
At Cape Town City he was the team’s top goalscorer in 1973 and 1974 and helped them win the NFL, UTC Bowl and the Champion of Champions.
He joined Chiefs in 1979 as the third white player in their history. Pereira was later converted into a sweeper and was part of the legendary Glamour Boys side that won the quadruple in 1981 before retiring in 1983 with a 276-goal tally.
Pereira coached Benoni United where he discovered Roger de Sa before joining Orlando Pirates on 29 April 1986 after Pirates poor prior run of two wins in 11 matches.
He was named Jingles when he played for Stewarts & Lloyds when he was 10 years old because he always had two pennies in his pocket as his good-luck charm. The pennies tinkled in his pocket as he ran on the field and one senior player, Bobby Farrel said: ‘Go on Jingle Bells, go on.'”
He is the owner of Riverside Distributors with his four brothers-in-law in downtown Johannesburg. His company produces products such as kitchen towels, serviettes, garage rolls etc.
Written by: Ricardo Jose