Peter Morgan David…. A Tribute to a Legend

A few weeks prior to his untimely passing on October 26, the late Peter Morgan David visited the office of the Sport’s Veterans’ Association to express his sincere gratitude on being nominated as an awardee. His Lifetime Achievement Award will now be presented posthumously at the organisations’ forthcoming Awards Presentation Function scheduled to take place on Saturday November 28 at the Mahatma Gandhi Hall in Mountain Rise.
As an exceptional soccer player and captain of Sastri United FC, David was a solid performer with an equally solid disposition. He was a phenomenal leader whose greatest asset was his ability to inspire others to perform and raise their game. His tenacious presence never saw him give up and he always strove for perfection. He was able to impose himself on the game in an exemplary manner.
Born on October 2, 1948 at the Mayor’s Walk Hospital, David attended the St Pauls and Marion primary schools. After matriculating at Woodlands High School, he studied Fine Arts at the University of Salisbury Island ( now known as the University of Durban-Westville ).
David’s job at Pep Stores required him to work at the various branches with the result that he was away from home for a considerable period of time. He later worked in the Speech & Drama Department at the University of Natal. He played a key role in the building of the production set at the Hexagon Theatre. David later worked as a technician in the Fine Arts Department at the university. Due to a serious back injury, he was medically boarded from work in 1998. David, thereafter, acquired a farm wherein he engaged himself in poultry and livestock farming.
In respect to his soccer career, he played a significant role in the success of Sastri United. He helped the club win a number of honours. The majestic manner in which he played his soccer was very poetic. His greatest achievement was, undoubtedly, his selection for Northern Natal. He was part of the successful 1967 team that beat the mighty Southern Natal to win the coveted Natal Cup. David played alongside legends, in the calibre of Bob Pillay, Sam Pillay, the late Gansen Chetty, Louis Reddy and Visvanathan Moonsamy, to name just a few. For both Sastri United and Northern Natal, he wore his heart on his sleeve.
Regarded as an accomplished defensive player with a magical touch, David will be remembered as one of our greatest players and a towering legend of the game. He had captured the imagination of the sports community and had endeared himself to everyone who had contact with him. His life will ever be an inspiration to us.
David leaves his wife Zelda, sons Euan and Rhoan , daughter Gillian and grandsons Bryce and Jayden.
Meanwhile, for more information on the SVA’s Awards Presentation on 28 November 2015, please contact either Jay Rangiah on 033 342 7474 (cell 083 450 8202) or Ismail Bhamjee on 033 342 2025.

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