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.

Boy-Boy Mosia

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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Playing On Memory Lane; The Mighty Maulers, Manning Rangers

Polishing Pendants | Manning Rangers F.C.
Polishing Pendants | Manning Rangers F.C.
Back In The Days | Gordon Igesund
Back In The Days | Gordon Igesund

We implore players to play for the name on the front of the jersey as it will lead us to then remember the name on the back; but what happens when the name on the front of the jersey legally seizes to exist? We have seen many clubs bought, renamed, reformed, relocated or declared defunct in our football life cycles, yet we cannot afford to allow that history to remain unprinted or unspoken of if we seek to raise our children in a world where the history of football is told and told in a manner that educates and informs while also entraining and evoking nostalgic football moments in time. A week is a long time in football, so some clubs may seem eons old to some of our readers, but we would like to warmly welcome our Football Historian in to give you Playing On Memory Lane; a feature that takes us on a trip down memory lane with a look at football clubs we have lost over the years.

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Manning Rangers F.C.

Bio

Full Name: Manning Rangers Football Club

Nickname: The Mighty Maulers

Founded: 1928

Dissolved: 2006

Based: Chatsworth, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal; South Africa

Home Ground/s: Chatsworth Stadium (The Den), Chatsworth; Durban [35 000]

Colours: White, Blue & Gold

Founder:  GR Naidoo

Last Played In: National First Division 2005/2006 (Finished 12th/ 16)

Reason For Non-Existence: The club declared bankruptcy in 2006 and were sold to the Fidentia Group for R 2,5m, before being renamed Fidentia Rangers while also relocating to Cape Town and later becoming Ikapa Sporting F.C towards the culmination of 2007 after the Fidentia Group faced legal troubles and were forced to move the club on.

Notable Former Gaffers: Clive Barker, Bruce Grobbelaar, Shepherd Murape, Gordon Igesund, Edward “Eddie” Lewis

Notable Former Players: John McLaughlin, Clinton Larsen, Jerome McCarthy, Kerryn Jordan, Neil Tovey, Gilbert Mushangazhike, Mark Davies, Bruce Grobbelaar, Innocent Chikoya, George Koumantarakis, Simon Makhubela, Paulito, Anthony Tokpah, Siyabonga Siphika, Frank Makua, Saul Molapo, McDonald Mukansi, Alton Meiring, Lebohang Kukame, Sipho Ndzuzo, Ishmael Maluleke, Issaac “Shakes” Kungwane, Lucky Maselesele, Fees Moloi, Bennet Masinga, Tebogo Moloi, Warren Du Pont, Pollen Ndlanya, Joel Seroba, Bradley Muir, Grant Johnson

The Grand Stand View

Every league needs a competitively built squad of seasoned campaigners that readily give it a go and use their experience to good effect in each game as they better the standard of the league by making it even more competitive while also aiding in the nurturing of young players and passing on their years of insight in the game; Manning Rangers was that football club in Mzansi Disk and more, a team that made each encounter seem unpredictable for any opposition side while also giving the proud people of Durban a thriving multi-cultural football club in the upper echelons of South African football at a time when such an occurrence was unheard of. We will miss the night games in Chatsworth with the Mighty Maulers throwing caution to the wind late on in an encounter trying to see off the upset of yet another more illustrious side, we will miss watching men whose careers have been written off put in immense shits while donning that Gold and Blue stripped jersey; but above all else, we will miss having yet another competitive top flight team that was not from the Inland and was still capable of brining in large crowds and entertaining them as well.

Their decline was one so painful to watch that even the thought of it evokes painful thoughts, yet due to the depth of the scandals that dodged the group which bought the franchise of Manning Rangers after their bankruptcy; their history was rapidly shunted to the side as we moved onto the newest news in football and quickly forgot that Ikapa Sporting could easily have been Manning Rangers or a Durban based reincarnation thereof with more luck and far more stringent ownership regulations. A team of Rangers’ stature should firstly never have been allowed to go bankrupt after the improvement in the league’s financial situation, yet we need to learn from what happened to their legacy after the loose nature of our club ownership transfer regulations allowed their history to be washed away so easily. To some of us, Manning Rangers will always be the Mighty Maulers that shocked the nation by blitzing goals in abundance as they won the inaugural PSL title in 1996/1997, and we will pray that their resurrection as Rangers FC will allow them to see some of the success and prosperity the original Manning Rangers had, that selfsame Manning Rangers that had all of Chatsworth, and indeed most of KZN and Mzansi, in a frenzy.

GSV Hot List; Bantu Mzwakali

The Right Peg Weaving Magician | Bantu Mzwakali
The Right Peg Weaving Magician | Bantu Mzwakali
The Developmental Kings | Ajax Cape Town
The Developmental Kings | Ajax Cape Town

At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related very seriously, especially when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future that are on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers in their positions, ranking the lads against their competitors and giving you some information on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.

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Bantu Mzwakali

Bio

DoB: November 9th, 1993 (21)

PoB: Gugulethu, Cape Town; Western Cape

Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u/20 International)

Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Attacking Midfielder, Trequartista

Club: Ajax Cape Town F.C.

Club Jersey No: #11

Career Club Appearances & Goals: 41 Games, 1 Goal, 5 Assists

Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Academy

Market Value: R 1 950 000

GSV Potential Indicator: Frank Makua (3/5)

The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)

When you watch this technically skilled and confident ball caressing wizard weave his magic on the ball, you too will be converted into a Bantu fan; the lad has been blessed with the football brain to make some acclaimed trequartista’s look pretty dull in comparison, Bantu is the type of playmaker strikers dream about playing ahead of in their sweetest of dreams. A pass-first playmaker with the skill to take on players and create space for his teammates to run into while also coming fully fitted with the technique and vision to accurately pick out advanced teammates in better positions with passes that make for optimal chance creation. Watching the Gugulethu-born artist on song is like poetry in motion, the grace and awareness of space seem to come naturally and the flair appears to ooze out of the lad with every neat flick and creative caress of the football. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to me if you happened to see the football smile every time it’s in the possession of the Ajax Cape Town Academy graduate; he has that extra something special about him and in time all those natural gifts will be visible for the entire fraternity to see. Bantu is another class act from a successful conveyor belt of talent that is based out in the Cape at Ikamva where they proudly live by the creed, “No Youth No Future.”