Being the very vocal advocates for youth development that we are, we need to accept all the possible downsides to more and more people embracing the notion of investing in younger players and their development with the belief that this ideology will always afford the beautiful game a solid foundation for growth. With all those positives brought into consideration, it’s not a rarity for one to see many young players succumbing to the heavy expectations paced on them and the media circus that comes with being so gifted in this age of technology and the increased pressure to perform at a level that justifies the increased levels of remuneration, for so many diverse and often bizarre reasons an alarming number of these players ultimately fail to become the super talents that people predicted they would be and thus the common question in the barroom over a pint as the football plays, “what happened to that boi?”
Introduced himself as…
A pint-sized teenage wunderkind who embodied all that was right about Mzansi Diski in the attacking sense; Boy-Boy was a rare gem that some nations are lucky to have in each generation of footballers. The was no limit to the attacking brilliance of a football artist that had paint brushes for feet and the beautiful mind to take the ball and paint picturesque works of art with his immense attacking skills. The lad could dribble himself out of Joburg traffic without breaking a sweat and his technical proficiency was only highlighted by his small stature and great balance on the ball, his great athleticism underpinned his electric pace as he could weave through defenders and leave them at odds as to how best to defend against him. Scouted by the great Italian football giants Juventus will still just 14, Boy-Boy learned a lot in Italy during his relatively short stay before returning to sign for the development academy of AmaZulu who he then left to join up with other top class young South African talents at the SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence where his great potential begun to catch the eye of even more admirers.
Where did it go wrong?
A move to Europe in the dream of many a young African football player and Boy-Boy was fortunate enough to be one of three South African players to be signed for Chelsea F.C after impressing their scouts while on tour in Ireland with the SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence. In an attempt to bypass work-permit regulations, Chelsea loaned Jeffery Ntuka, Masilo Modubi and Boy-Boy out to feeder club K.V.C Westerlo in Belgium and the road to the grandest stages of European football begun to seem even more of a dream than a reality for the dribbling wizard. While his teammates found it easier to acclimatise and excel in Belgium, Boy-Boy found himself marginalised at Westerlo as his lack of size made it hard for him to impose himself in a new league that afforded him little freedom to play his natural game and be appreciated for it.
It was on loan at Oud-Heverlee Leuven where Boy-Boy played his best football as a professional, although it was in the second tier, the lad endeared himself to the supporters OHL with his dominant and enthralling attacking displays of brilliance and ensured that his performances made the entrance price alone worth every penny. While he may have returned to Mzansi and had to face the unenviable task of almost knocking on club training gates asking for a chance to prove his once undeniable abilities, Boy-Boy will remain one of the most renowned Mzansi Diski exports to never play in England and possibly one of the most bought Mzansi lads on Football Manager games when a gaffer needs to add some spark to his lower league side on the cheap.
He may be a tiny man in stature, but boy oh boy, Boy-Boy Mosia could be one of the biggest Mzansi Diski stars the football fraternity never got to fully enjoy and Bob’s your D’Alberton Callies remembering nonkel.
Full Name: Simphiwe Boy-Boy Mosia
DOB: July 1st, 1985 (30)
PoB: Pretoria, Gauteng; South Africa
Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward, Winger
Height: 1, 55m
Preferred Foot: Either
Nationality: South African
Caps & Goals: N/A (Former SA u/20 & u/23 International)
Current Club: Unattached (Retired)
Former Clubs: MG Stars, Juventus, AmaZulu, SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence, Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates, Chelsea, K.V.C. Westerlo, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Mpumalanga Black Aces
Career Club Appearances: 72 Games