The former Arcadia Shepherds, Durban United, Durban City midfielder succumbed to a long fight with Leukaemia on Tuesday 23 June.
Chelin who was born on August 24, 1958 was a fine winger blessed with wonderful balance and magical left foot, and spent time at Atlanta Chiefs, the same club as Kaizer Chiefs supremo Kaizer Motaung.
Born in Durban, Chelin was in the South African team that defeated Rhodesia by a score of 7-0 in 1977 at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. He also played against an unofficial selection from Argentina and helped beat them 7-0.
Former South African national team coach Gordon Igesund has fond memories of a player he believes “was born before his time”.
“I played with Lawrence in the early 1970’s and he was an unbelievable player. It’s sad news to hear that he has passed on. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderful guy and I haven’t seen him for many years but Lawrence Chelin is someone you don’t forget. Because of the ability he had as a player and because of the type of person he was.
“I think he was in a different league altogether and I think he was born at the wrong time. I believe that if he was 20 now, he would be playing in Europe for sure. He had the most unbelievable ability to go past players. He was a well-balanced left footer who used to glide past players. I believe he was a mold of player that I haven’t seen for a long time. If you speak to players from that era, they will tell you the same thing,” Igesund said.
Soccer Laduma would like to convey our sincere condolences to the Chelin family.