Gone But Not Forgotten; The Scintillating Simphiwe Boy-Boy Mosia

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“Our talents are the gift that God gives to us, what we make of our talents is our gift back to God.” – Felice Leonardo “Leo” Buscaglia

Sombreness overcame me when I heard of the untimely demise of Simphiwe Mosia, a gifted man that many of us came to know by his second given name, Boy-Boy. Blessed with the technical skills that typify the quintessential Mzansi footballer, Boy-Boy was one of those once in a generation players who seemed to have been sent by the Angels from God. It pains me how his football career seemed to never reach the lofty peaks that his abilities merited, and that’s saying a lot, when you realise that Boy-Boy had a football career & life that many young South Africans grow up dreaming of turning into a reality. Boy-Boy Mosia left us 22 days after to his 31st birthday in Hammarsdale, Kwa-Zulu Natal on July 23rd, 2016. A large portion of his life was spent bringing joy to ticket buying supporters on the field, a place where his talents made him stand head and shoulders above his peers, and defy his diminutive stature through his sheer presence on the ball. Therein is the beauty in his life, Boy-Boy lived, he lived a life that many a South African lad dreams of, and his journey is one we should all garner teachable moments from.

The Rise

As a 14 year old prodigy, Boy-Boy was scouted by Serie A giants Juventus Football Club, and invited over to spend time with their development side; spending a year as a Juve apprentice, the young Boy-Boy developed his game further and begun a relationship with European football that would have many more chapters in the years to come. Returning home to sign for AmaZulu’s youth side, Boy-Boy continued his development at a steady rate, and begun to build upon his reputation as one of the best young players in the country. Boy-Boy’s status as one of the nation’s premier talents was confirmed when he was scouted for and enrolled in, the Transnet/SAFA School of Excellence, where the dribbling wizard joined a group of players that were being groomed to become future professionals, and hopefully even lead the national teams to success.

Playing in an environment catering to the nurturing of talented teenage lads into professional footballers, Boy-Boy excelled at the School of Excellence, and his great rise to prominence was also rewarded with recognition at junior youth level, getting called-up to the South Africa u/20 squad for the 2003 u/20 Cosafa Cup as an 18 year old. South Africa finished 3rd in the tournament, hosted on home soil, and Boy-Boy impressed with his playmaking abilities and improving finishing nous. The journey took another turn when Boy-Boy impressed Chelsea scouts while on tour with the School of Excellence squad in Ireland, The Blues signed Boy-Boy, along with fellow SoE graduates, the late, Pule Jeffery Ntuka & Masilo Michael Modubi. The three South African would spend some time training with the Chelsea reserve side during the off-season, while being loaned out long-term to feeder club K.V.C. Westerlo, in the hopes that they would gain experience and international caps to qualify for work permits and play for Chelsea, or gain Belgian citizenship, which would allow them to be registered as EU citizens.

The Star

The diminutive Boy-Boy found it harder to acclimatise to Belgian football due to his frame and style of play, while Jeffery and Masilo overcame their initial obstacles and begun to progress in their development at a good rate, Mosia begun to regress due to a lack of regular game time. Chelsea intervened in January of 2006, sending him to K.F.C. Dessel Sport in the hopes of getting him more first team exposure; three seasons had passed by and Boy-Boy had still not fully found his feet in Europe, yet the faith remained, albeit from the side of the player and not his parent club in London. Chelsea looked to afford Boy-Boy with the best possible platform to become a professional footballer in Europe, allowing him to transfer on a free to Oud-Heverlee Leuven at the start of the 2006/07 season.

Finding a new lease on life in the Belgian 2nd tier, Boy-Boy became a terrace favourite for Oud-Heverlee Leuven, whose fans came to admire the diminutive playmaker that could play anywhere across the midfield, and still find ways to punish opponents while entertaining the fans. Boy-Boy enjoyed the best years of his professional career in the 3 seasons he spent as a Oud-Heverlee Leuven player, a time that is also fondly remembered by the fans of the club who we fortunate enough to witness some of his best displays as a professional. At 23 years old, Boy-Boy returned home to South Africa with a resume that many players retire never boasting, and it was hurtful to see our local clubs fail to give him the opportunities and support he needed to prolong his career and truly fulfil his potential. A somewhat promising spell with Mpumalanga Black Aces, in the 2008-09 season, was mutually terminated early when Boy-Boy felt aggrieved with issues within the club management, that curtailed homecoming was the last we saw of the gifted playmaker as a professional footballer.

The Legend

If you had to look at what the average South African footballer today has accomplished at 24, flashy cars, social media followers, and a cap or two will be all they have to show for their God given abilities, in an age where we have the scope to do and achieve so much more due to the progress made in the past, by folks like Boy-Boy. When I speak of what Boy-Boy Mosia accomplished when he left the game at 24, I am amazed at his resilience and determination to persevere in a foreign country at such a young age. The same determination Boy-Boy showed when taking on opponents, he showed when the door was shut on his Chelsea dream when he reached 21; at a crossroads where, the few South African lads that dare to go abroad, often find themselves, Boy-Boy chose to bank on his abilities and made a career for himself in Europe when the odds seemed to continually stack against him.

The generation of players that Boy-Boy came from was a highly talented, and somewhat highly troubled one too; our nations socio-economic factors compiled to make lasting success largley unattainable for many gifted players that were born in the 1980’s, South African football will forever wear those scars, and ask itself what might have happened had they been nurtured in a different time. Boy-Boy never played for Bafana Bafana, which compiles the hurt of all the potential we have lost as a nation over the years even more, yet the former South African u/20 & u/23 international will go down as one of our most gifted exports since readmission.

One of the highlights of Boy-Boy’s career was winning with his nation, 3rd place at the 2003 u/20 Cosafa Cup & a Gold medal at the 2004 edition saw him play alongside, and against, players that will go down in the history pages of South African and Southern African football history; the 2003 & 2004 editions of the u/20 Cosafa Cup featured players like Elrio van Heerden, Nhlanhla Shabalala, Graham (Salmaan) King, Lerato Chabangu, Robyn Johannes, Lebohang Mokoena, Daine Klate, Junior Khanye, Felix Katongo, Clifford Mulenga, Jospeh Kamwendo, Jimmy Zakazaka, Rainford Kalaba, Dominic Yobe, Kingston Nkhatha, Davies Nkausu & Lima.

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Bio

Full Name: Simphiwe Boy-Boy Mosia

DoB: July 1st, 1985

PoB: Pretoria, Gauteng; South Africa

DoD: July 23rd, 2016 (31)

PoD: Hammarsdale, Kwa-Zulu Natal; South Africa

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Winger, Trequartista (Left/Right/Centre)

Height: 1, 55m

Preferred Foot: Either

Caps & Goals: N/A | South African u/20 & u/23 International

Former Club/s: MG Stars (1994-1999) | Juventus F.C. (1999-2000) | AmaZulu F.C. (2001-2002) | Transnet/SAFA School of Excellence (2001-2003) | Ajax Cape Town F.C. (2001-2002, Loan) | Orlando Pirates F.C. (2002-2003, Loan) | Chelsea F.C. (2003-2006) | K.V.C. Westerlo (2003-2004, Loan) | K.F.C. Dessel Sport (2004-2006, Loan) | Oud-Heverlee Leuven (2006-2008) | Mpumalanga Black Aces (2008-2009)

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Half-Time Orange For Thought; Who Got Next? | The NBA Dynasty Race

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Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!

The National Basketball Association has had to face accusations of favouritism, puppet-pulling and spread-sheet gambling for years, and those painful claims resurfaced during the past post-season, where we blatantly saw the league change position on the type of calls the officials chose to give or let slide when the Playoffs reached game 4 of the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant signing for the Warriors & creating a “super team” in the Western Conference seemed to lay to bed many of those fears, as some felt that the league would have found a way to block this move if they had any ulterior motives; yet the fact that Durant was a free agent that Golden State were allowed to sign under the agreed collective bargaining agreement, in a Billion Dollar league where salaries are still capped for some odd reason, may show just how much the balance of power has shifted into the hands of the players and club owners.

As the revenue streams increase within the league, owners & GM’s are becoming increasingly infatuated with the idea of building sustainable success again; for the past decade, most sides were invested in a “win now” mentality, which left little room for contingencies in case of failure, and created a short-sighted planning outlook. The race is now on to see which franchise can build the next great NBA dynasty, there are a few sides that have the potential to do so, yet the onus will be on all invested parties to pull together to attain that common goal. I personally pray that the Golden State Warriors continue to develop into a team capable of doing so; the arrival of Kevin Durant could provide the momentum they need to keep progressing in the right direction, the team has 4 All-Star players in the prime of their careers, which is a solid foundation for sustained dominance. While there are other talent laden ball clubs in the NBA with dynasty potential, I can easily see the Minnesota Timberwolves becoming a genuine force to be reckoned with in the coming years; the beauty of sports is in the unpredictability of such occurrences, the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, to a lesser extent, & Boston Celtics may not currently be the powerhouses they once were, yet  they have the pedigree to rebuild their rosters and have a shot at building some sustainable success in years to come as well.

Greatest NBA Dynasties (Top 6)

Team Duration Rings Championship Years Era Defining Icons
Minneapolis Lakers 1948-54 5 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953 & 1954 George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Herm Schaefer, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette & Frank Saul| John Kundla (Coach)
Boston Celtics 1957-1969 11 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969 Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Tomas “Satch” Sanders, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, Jim Loscutoff, Larry Siegfried, Don Nelson & John Havlicek | Red Auerbach (Coach/GM)
Los Angeles Lakers

“Showtime Lakers”

1979-1991 5 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988 Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes & Kurt Rambis | Pat Riley (Coach)
Chicago Bulls 1989-1998 6 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998 Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Robert Parish, John Paxton, Will Perdue & John Salley | Phil Jackson (Coach)
Los Angeles Lakers 1998-2004 3 2000, 2001 & 2002 Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, John Salley & Horace Grant | Phil Jackson (Coach)
San Antonio Spurs 1998 – 2008 4 1999, 2003, 2005 & 2007 Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbli & Robert Horry | Gregg Popovich (Coach)

NBA Dynasty Honourable Mentions List

St. Louis Hawks | 1956-1962 | “The Bob Pettit Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets | 1970 – 1980 | “The Wes Unseld Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

New York Knicks | 1970-1974 | “When The Garden Was Eden” | 2 Rings, 3 Finals

Philadelphia 76ers | 1977 – 1984 | “The Julius Irving Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

Boston Celtics | 1980-1991 | “The Original Big Three” | 3 Rings, 5 Finals

Detroit Pistons | 1987 – 1991 | “The Bad Boy Pistons” | 2 Rings

Houston Rockets | 1993-1995 | “Clutch City” | 2 Rings

Boston Celtics | 2007-2012 | “The New Big Three” | 1 Ring, 2 Finals

Miami Heat | 2010-2014 | “The Three Heats” | 2 Rings, 4 Finals

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Half-Time Orange For Thought; The 40/40 Club, Kyrie Irving & LeBron James Make History

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Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!

The 2016 NBA Playoffs have been a rollercoaster ride for any basketball fan; while some pairings gave us match-ups that delivered arguably the most competitive tussles we’ve seen in the playoffs for recent years, the Cleveland Cavaliers steadily dealt with the considerably lesser challengers they faced en-route to the Finals. Many will argue that the Toronto Raptors were a tough team to beat for the Cavs, yet that would still mean that the Raptors would remain the toughest obstacle the Cavs had to overcome in a much weaker Eastern Conference, that didn’t pose too much danger to the Cavaliers to start with.

The Finals were billed up to be a blockbuster movie like sequel to last year’s compelling series, where an injury depleted Cavs were beaten by a hungrier and fitter Golden State Warriors team that showed their class; a fully fit and firing Cavs were expected to give the defending Champions a run for their money, and take the series all the way to the wire. Much of the expectation hasn’t been met, on both sides of the court, the Warriors are winning without their leading men having fully got going, Stephen Curry has had to deal with offish shooting nights and a some taxing defensive shifts; while the Cavs have Kevin Love back in relatively good health, but his output has led many to question if they are actually better off without him in the starting five. The Cavaliers headed into Game 5 of the Finals 3-1 down, knowing that they needed their two stars to step up and get them the win they so desperately needed to keep themselves in the race for that elusive crown of NBA Champions, and boy did they step up, and some…

Guard Kyrie Irving and Forward LeBron James put on a dominant shooting display that literally seeped the confidence and joy out of the Warriors team and fans in a packed Oracle Arena. In what appeared to be a shooting challenge within a game, the Cavs star men combined to win the game for their team, and find a way to have fun while making history. A 40+ point night for both All-Stars saw them become only the 5h pair in the history of the NBA to combine for 80+ points in an NBA playoff game where each teammate scores 40, the Cavs pair also etched their names into the history books by becoming the first duo to do so in the NBA Finals. Welcome to the 40/40 Club lads!

The 40/40 Club (40+ Points By Teammates In The Same Playoff Game)

Date Round Game Team & Opponent Score Duo
March 29th, 1962 Western Division Finals Game 4 Lakers vs Pistons 117 – 118 Elgin Baylor (45) & Jerry West (41)
April 4th, 1988 Western Conference First Round Game 2 Rockets vs Mavericks 119 – 108 Eric Augustus “Sleepy” Floyd (42) & Hakeem Olajuwon (40)
May 5th, 1995 Western Conference First Round Game 4 Rockets vs Jazz 123 – 106 Clyde Drexler (41) & Hakeem Olajuwon (40)
June 5th, 2000 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game 1 Pacers vs 76ers 108 – 91 Reggie Miller (40) & Jalen Rose (40)
June 13th, 2016 Finals Game 5 Cavaliers vs Warriors 112 – 97 Kyrie Irving (41) & LeBron James (41)

Its Winning Time; South Africa vs Gambia 2017 Afcon Qualifier

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South African football followers should be used to this all too familiar predicament; standing on the brink of yet another failure to qualify for a major international competition, knowing that our fate rests upon us changing our fortunes while also hoping for a downturn in form for other teams in our group and a few others. It was only natural for the announcement of the squad to come with less scepticism as much of the hope has been deflated out of the nation with little to no sign of improvement in the offing from our Commander In Chief. The squad itself has some interesting inclusions and omissions with our midfield offering some exciting combinations that the gaffer can use to inspire the charges to a dominant win over Gambia, who themselves have failed to muster a win and have only scored a single goal in their 4 qualifiers in Group M thus far. South Africa are yet to win a game in the group and now would be the perfect time to show the nation that they are prepared to fight for our national pride and put on the calibre of performance that restores that deflated air of confidence within our senior national football team.

Bafana Bafana Preliminary Squad

 

Goalkeepers

Name Club Age Height 2015/16 Stats
Itumeleng Khune Kaizer Chiefs FC 28 1, 81m 20 Games, 20 Goals Conceded & 6 Clean Sheets
Jackson Mabokgwane Mpumalanga Black Aces FC 28 1, 75m 11 Games, 11 Goals Conceded & 4 Clean Sheets
Brighton Mhlongo Orlando Pirates FC 25 1, 87m 20 Games, 18 Goals Conceded & 7 Clean Sheets

 

Defenders

Name Club Position/s Age Height 2015/16 Stats
Ramahlwe Mphahlele Mamelodi Sundowns FC RB/CB 26 1, 76m 24 Games, 2 Assists & 2 Yellow Cards
Thabo Matlaba Orlando Pirates FC RB/LB 28 1, 69m 26 Games, 3 Goals, 3 Assist & 6 Yellow Cards
Diamond Thopola Chippa United FC RB/LB 26   27 Games, 1 Assist & 6 Yellow Cards
Mulomowandau Mathoho Kaizer Chiefs FC CB 26 1, 90m 34 Games, 5 Goals & 6 Yellow Cards
Rivaldo Coetzee Ajax Cape Town FC CB 19 1, 79m 31 Games & 5 Yellow Cards
Teboho Langerman Mamelodi Sundowns FC LB/LW/DM 30 1, 80m 32 Games, 2 Goals, 4 Assists & 5 Yellow Cards
Sifiso Hlanti BidVest Wits FC LB 26 1, 81m 12 Games, 1 Goal, 1 Assist & 1 Yellow Card

 

Midfielders

Name Club Position/s Age Height 2015/16 Stats
Hlompho Kekana Mamelodi Sundowns FC DM 30 1, 76m 37 Games, 8 Goals, 2 Assists, 6 Yellow Cards & 1 Double Yellow/Red
Andile Jali KV Oostende DM/DLP 26 1, 72m 35 Games, 1 Goal, 2 Assists & 3 Yellow Cards
Dean Furman SuperSport United FC DM/DLP 27 1, 83m 26 Games, 1 Goal, 8 Yellow Cards & 1 Double Yellow/Red
May Mahlangu Sint-Truidense VV DLP/AM/AP (L/R/C) 27 1, 73m 19 Games, 2 Goals & 1 Yellow Card
Mpho Makola Orlando Pirates FC AM/AP(L/R/C) 30 1, 70m 27 Games, 7 Goals, 2 Assists & 3 Yellow Cards
Thulani Serero AFC Ajax DLP/AM/AP (L/R/C) 26 1, 64m 22 Games, 1 Goal, 1 Yellow Card
Mandla Masango Randers FC AM/AP(L/R/C) 26 1, 70m 27 Games, 5 Goals & 2 Yellow Cards
Thapelo Morena Bloemfontein Celtic FC AM/AP/AF/CF (L/R/C) 22 1, 70m 29 Games, 6 Goals, 1 Assist
Keagan Dolly Mamelodi Sundowns FC AM/AP(L/R/C) 23 1, 70m 37 Games, 7 Goals, 7 Assists & 4 Yellow Cards
Sibusiso Vilakazi BidVest Wits FC AM/AP/AF/DLF 26 1, 70m 28 Games, 8 Goals, 3 Assists & 1 Yellow Card

 

Forwards

Name Club Age Height 2015/16 Stats
Thamsanqa Gabuza Orlando Pirates FC 28 1, 83m 18 Games, 2 Goals, 2 Assists & 3 Yellow Cards
Ndumiso Mabena Platinum Stars FC 29 1, 80m 25 Games, 10 Goals, 3 Assists, 2 Yellow Cards & 2 Red Cards
Thobani Mncwango Polokwane City FC 28 1, 80m 29 Games, 12 Goals, 1 Assist & 1 Yellow Card

 

South Africa vs Gambia 2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifier

Date: Saturday June 4th, 2016

Venue: Independence Stadium, Bakau; Gambia

The Grandstand View

The return of Ramahlwe Mphahlele will be a welcome one for many fans and players alike, Rama is arguably the best natural right full back in the Bafana fold and this window of opportunity is one the Mamelodi Sundowns skipper needs to grasp as he seeks to stake his claim for the starting role moving forward. A consistent defence offers our team a solid foundation that allows us to play more adventurously in attacking positions with the knowledge that the defensive unit is cohesive enough to deal with threats posed on the counter-attack.

Bafana Bafana are gifted with many talented midfield players that can be said to have underperformed collectively in the Green & Gold; the recall of May Mahlangu could inspire a change of fortunes within the current setup, May has matured enough to conduct that orchestra and follow-up those glimpses of brilliance he showed previously. Keagan Dolly is another marvellous talent that has been on the fringes of the senior national team setup for a while and his brilliant performances at club and junior international level have forced him into the fray and presented us with an opportunity to try some new combinations in our midfield. A naturally left-sided player has been much needed for Bafana Bafana, we can now have a far more balanced midfield that can pose more dynamic treats to the opposition and offer us more goal threats.

Regardless of how long the odds are, we have to have faith in what we can control while praying for fate to turn in our favour; a win against Gambia is essential as it gives us the morale boost we need going into the final group match against Mauritania, where another win could have us reaching for our calculators and abacuses while glancing at the permutations.