Keryn Jordan

Keryn Jordan (1 November 1975 – 21 October 2013) was a South African footballer who primarily played as a striker during a fifteen-year career.

Keryn Jordan
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-01)1 November 1975
Place of birth Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Date of death 21 October 2013(2013-10-21) (aged 37)
Place of death Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Pretoria City 7 (3)
1996–2003 Manning Rangers 94 (52)
2003–2004 Moroka Swallows ? (8)
2004–2005 Waitakere United 21 (15)
2005–2010 Auckland City FC 79 (61)
National team
1999 South Africa 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

He started his career in his native South Africa at Pretoria City, before transferring to Manning Rangers where he won the golden boot during the 1997–98 Premier Soccer League season with 11 goals. In the 2003/2004 season, he also led with 8 goals.[1]

Waitakere UnitedEdit

Jordan then moved to New Zealand, intending to play for the New Zealand Knights in the newly formed Australian and New Zealand A-League. He was unsuccessful in this and signed with new New Zealand Football Championship team Waitakere United instead. In his first season with the club (2004/2005), he scored 15 goals in the 21 rounds, and earned the Golden Boot.[2]

International careerEdit

Jordan earned one cap for South Africa at senior international level, in 1999.[3]

Illness and deathEdit

In 2008, after an unexplained three months on the sideline, Jordan announced that he had been suffering from cancer for three years. He had initially been worried that it would interfere with his application for permanent residency and New Zealand citizenship, but was treated and given the all-clear by doctors, and made his comeback in a 4–1 win against Canterbury United.[4]

On 19 March 2010, Jordan announced his retirement from all levels of domestic and international football, citing ongoing knee injuries. Jordan had not played a full game since the 2009 Club World Cup, and he felt it the right time to retire, after what he conceded was an ultimately successful career.[5]

Jordan died of cancer on 21 October 2013, aged 37, in his hometown of Pretoria. The cancer had started as a melanoma spot thirteen years earlier, and eventually spread to his brain.[6]


  1. ^ 2003–2004 South Africa Premier League goalscoring tally Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 2004–2005 NZFC goalscorers tally
  3. ^ Keryn Jordan at
  4. ^ "Jordan reveals long battle with cancer". The Sunday Star-Times. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  5. ^ Jordan calls it a day Archived 2010-05-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Football: Keryn Jordan loses battle with cancer

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