Kafunga

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Kafunga
Personal information
Full name Olavo Leite de Bastos
Date of birth (1914-08-07)August 7, 1914
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Date of death November 17, 1991(1991-11-17) (aged 77)
Place of death Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1955 Atlético Mineiro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Olavo Leite de Bastos, commonly known by the nickname Kafunga (August 7, 1914[1] – November 17, 1991[1]), was an association footballer who played goalkeeper, who spent his entire career defending Atlético Mineiro.

Career[edit]

Born in Niterói, Kafunga began playing football with local side Fluminense Atlético Clube (Niterói).[2] He started his professional career with Atlético Mineiro, and made his debut in a friendly defeat 2–0 by Villa Nova in 1935.[1] Despite the defeat, his performance was not criticized, as he prevented his club from suffering more goals.[1] In his second game for the club, his performance was praised, and Atlético Mineiro beat Flamengo 4–0.[1] He helped his club win the Campeonato Mineiro in 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 and in 1955.[1] He retired in 1955, after having played 667 games for the club in two decades.[1] After his retirement, he worked as a football commentator and as a deputy.[1]

Death[edit]

Kafunga died on November 17, 1991, in Belo Horizonte, after suffering five strokes.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 104. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  2. ^ "Do tempo do Kafunga" (in Portuguese). Placar. April 2010. p. 194.