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)

Reintroducing; A Contemporary Cape Town City Football Club

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The Golden Days | Cape Town City F.C Throwback
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A Modern Feel | Cape Town City F.C 16/17 Home Kit

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The procurement of Mpumalanga Black Aces by John Comitis and his investment group from the Morfou brothers, George and Mario, has seen the return of Cape Town City Football Club, and the Comitis family to football in the Cape. In a surprise move that seemed to come out of left-field, last season’s 4th placed side lost their coach, and over half of their personnel during the great migration from Mpumalanga to Cape Town. John Comitis and his family oversaw the growth of Ajax Cape Town from a microwave satellite team, into one of the biggest clubs in South Africa, and a leading institution on the continent in terms of youth development and scouting of young players. This was all before a tumultuous split that saw Ari Efstathiou and his brothers buying out the Comitis family, after the two groups were at loggerheads regarding the running of the cub, and the direction they wanted to take. This return is seen as a direct challenge to Ajax Cape Town, who have been largely unchallenged as a powerhouse on the Coast since the demise of Santos & AmaZulu; Chippa United have added a distinct flair to the region, but the market is wide open for another club to grow into a household brand in years to come.

Ajax Cape Town/ Cape Town City Rivalry

Buying a franchise, and moving it from Mpumalanga to the Cape just to spite a former business associate may not be the way John Comitis does business; but the move and its resulting statements have all seemed to point towards settling a vendetta, by building another powerhouse club in Cape Town. The rivalry between the two clubs has already heated up before the first ever encounter, if this burning passion to beat Ajax Cape Town on & off the field creates a healthy level of competition within the league, Mzansi diski will be better off for it. The question now becomes whether Cape Town City FC can do what Ajax CT, and most other local teams, have continually failed to do, attract supporters to the stadium and create an infectious feel good culture around the club.

The Cape Town City Brand

The forward thinking nature of the brand has already been displayed in how they have looked to use social media to engage their fans on selecting an away kit for the season ahead; a modern thinking club will resonate well with Millennial’s, many of whom are more concerned with international football to support local teams. There has been some speculation as to whether this new franchise has or will look to build any relations with a foreign based super club like Manchester City, who have steadily gone about establishing roots in various continents across the globe, the rumour has it that the previous links established with the Manchester based side, as Mpumalanga Black Aces, will be renewed going forward. We may not yet be fully privy to the modus operandi at Cape Town City Football Club, but the coming weeks and months will go a long way towards giving us a clearer view of what they will bring to South African football.

A Brief History…

Cape Town City Football Club

Bio

Years Active: 1962 – 1977; 2016 –

Previous League: National Football League (Former Whites-only League)

Former Home Ground: Hartleyvale Stadium, Observatory; Cape Town

Home Colours: Gold & Blue

Notable Former Chairmen: Ian Taylor & W. Gradner

Notable Former Coaches: Reg Smith, Frank Lord & Roy Bailey

Notable Former Players: Ben Anderson, Richard Allen, Gary Bailey (England International), Tony Brimacombe, Tommy Claxton, Mick Channon (England International), Roger Coetzee, Tony Coleman, Andy Donnelly, George Eastham (England International), Brian Edgley, Jóhannes Eðvaldsson (Icelandic International), Gary France, Terry Gulliver, Ken Hewkins, Willie Hunter (Welsh International), Sir Geoff Hurst (England International), Dave Huson, Kai Johansen (Danish International), Kevin Keegan (England International), John Keirs, John Livingstone, Leon Kubic, Eric Logan, Vic Lovell, Peter Lorimer (Scottish International), George Graham Martin (South African International), Jimmy Morrison, Andy McBride, Andy McQuarrie, Don McKenzie, George Mulhall (Scottish International), Bill O’Grady, Yilmaz Orhan, Calvin Palmer, Frank “Jingles” Pereira, Jackie Plenderleith (Scottish International), John Rowlands, Ken Scott, John Sissons, Ian St John (Scottish International), Albert Uytenbogaardt (South African International), Roy Vernon (Welsh International), Mickey Walsh (Irish International), Jackie Wren & Ernie Yard

Honours:

NFL (National Football League) – Champions, 1973, 1976; Runners-Up, 1965, 1970, 1971 & 1974

Castle (NFL) Cup – Winners, 1970, 1971 & 1976; Runners-Up, 1969

UTC Bowl – Winners, 1971 & 1973; Runners-Up, 1965

Champion of Champions – Winners, 1971, 1972 & 1974

Coca-Cola Shield – Runners-Up, 1970 & 1975

The Grand Stand View

Chairman John Comitis has promised a return of the entertaining Friday Night Football that would see crowds of 25 000 fans packing into Hartleyvale Stadium to watch Cape Town City FC, and their team of stars, many of whom were household names that had plied their trade in Europe prior. The City of Cape Town will be spoilt for choice, as another club enters an already saturated market, with a deep talent pool. The transfer policy at Cape Town City FC may take some time to iron out, or even truly critique; but the pressure is already on the club to put their cheque book where their figurative mouth is, and acquire the calibre of players that will enable them to survive, and excel in the 2016/2017 ABSA Premiership season.

The 14 odd players remaining from the Mpumalanga Black Aces roster were said to have been selected by Mushin Ertuğral, before he chose to take up the vacancy at Orlando Pirates, but the new Cape Town City FC gaffer, Eric Tinkler & his assistant Calvin Marlin, may have their own ideas of which players are required for the task at hand. It will be interesting to watch how the new club gets by as they endeavour to pass the teething stage of this transition, with Technical Director Craig Rosslee being tasked to oversee matters on the ground; many of us will be rooting for the club to succeed, because another thriving local club only strengthens our league and national sides. The rumoured interest in luring Steven Pienaar back to Cape Town, where he enjoyed great success in a Comitis owned Ajax CT, will surely spike up interest in the club; the arrival of a marquee player or two could be the perfect start towards usurping Ajax Cape Town as the kings of the Mother City.

GSV Grading The Deal; Black Aces

Amazayoni | Mpumalanga Black Aces
Amazayoni | Mpumalanga Black Aces
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club

Signings

Shu-Aib Walters

Transferred From: Maritzburg United

DoB: December 26th, 1981 (33)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Goalkeeper

Limbikani Mzava

Transferred From: Bloemfontein Celtic

DoB: November 12th, 1993 (21)

Nationality: Malawian

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender, Fullback, Wingback (Right/Central)

Siyabonga Ngubane

Transferred From: University of Pretoria

DoB: March 31st, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South Africa

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback (Right)

Mpho Matsi

Transferred From: University of Pretoria

DoB: February 7th, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder (Right/Central)

Aubrey Ngoma

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates

DoB: September 16th, 1989 (25)

Nationality: South African

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

The Grand Stand View

New gaffer Mushin Ertugral has wasted no time in shedding the roster of its longer in the tooth players, and adding some fresher legs to an experienced and competitive squad that was clearly in need of some refreshing after the culmination of last season. Amazayoni have established themselves at premier league level through a hardworking and competitive team that has always relied on players with Premiership experience and some untapped quality, the club now has a gaffer who will blend in younger and hungrier players into the mix while ensuring that the team remains competitive and entertaining.

The business done thus far clearly exhibits the blatant fact that Aces aren’t just looking to survive in the big leagues any longer, they have acquired some truly talented footballers in Limbikani Mzava and Mpho Matsi, while Aubrey Ngoma will surely be looking to bring his A-game to his new permanent home after impressing while on loan from Bucs during the last campaign. One feels as though Aces are 2 or 3 Mushin-esque buys away from being a serious top 8 challenger this season and ensuring that they steer clear of relegation troubles all season; the squad is competitive and experienced enough to meet the bare objectives of the management, and that is what you ask of a gaffer at this level while secretly hoping for a bit more than just the bare minimums. There is bound to be a resilience about the squad while they are under the tutelage of the current gaffer, yet his tactics can only be as effective as the personnel that take in the instructions and put out the performances on a weekly basis; we all know that Mushin does not need big names to make a team play like a big team should, that might just play into his hands at Aces, where he has some players who harbour aspirations of playing like elite level stars.

GSV Season Preview 2015/16; Black Aces

Amazayoni | Mpumalanga Black Aces
Amazayoni | Mpumalanga Black Aces
The ABSA Premiership Trophy | The Ultimate Prize
The ABSA Premiership Trophy | The Ultimate Prize

ABSA Premiership

Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club

Founded: 1937

Nickname: Amazayoni

Home Ground: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit; Mpumalanga (40, 929)

Coach: Mushin Ertuğral

2014/15 League Finish: 10th

Star Players To Watch: Jackson Mabokgwane, Mpho Matsi, Bongolwethu Jayiya, Aubrey Ngoma

Young Guns To Watch: Aubrey Modiba, Limbikani Mzava, Darren Laurie, James Bell

The Grand Stand View

Now that they have successfully established themselves as a premier league side, Aces will be looking to take yet another step forward and become a team that regularly challenges for the top 8 positions and competes well in the various cup competitions too, although the recent unrest regarding their sale will surely have unsettled the harmony within the setup somewhat. With an experienced nucleus to the squad and a gaffer with a keen eye for talent and a great appetite for good attacking football, one can expect Aces to be a far more balanced football club this season if they play up to their potential. Finishing 10th was a good achievement for the club, but that has now become their bare minimum for the upcoming season; a good run of form and some unheralded stars stepping up to the plate could see Aces do what many would deem unthinkable and actually better their last season’s performance. The talent is there within the squad and the gaffer will have the backing of the board and his experienced Technical Director to help him wherever he may need assistance, yet one cannot help but think that a mid-table finish will be an acceptable accomplishment for the men from Mpumalanga; yet they will be weary of the quality of sides in the lower half of the table as the marathon wears on and the wheat is separated from the chaff.