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

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#TheGrandStandView

“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)

Grading The Deal; The Resplendence of Riyaad Norodien to Orlando Pirates

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The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

#TheSuperMarket

The almost inexplicable rarity of a young talent bursting onto the scene as a teenager, earning the respect and accolades that some seasoned professionals retire without receiving, while managing to remain grounded and continue to grow at a progressive rate is something many South Africans all too familiar with. Yet every once in a while, the stars align for some of those “once in a generation” talents that transcend the norm and create a new plateau to be broken; the rise & rise of Riyaad Norodien has been spectacular to witness, the Ajax CT youth graduate has quickly established himself as one of the premier young talents in South African football, due to the great strides he has continued to make in his development since bursting onto the scene as a teen.

Riyaad made us all sit and take note of him towards the end of the 2014/15 season, where gaffer Roger De Sa looked to prepare the squad for the eminent departure of Keagan Dolly to Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of the season; the loss of one key player created an opportunity for a youth graduate to step in and continue the club’s proud tradition of promoting talent from within when there is an opportunity to do so. Riyaad stepped up to the elite level and took his opportunity with both hands and feet; after overcoming off-field troubles in the form of a legal battle with the club, Norodien seemed to use the platform as an opportunity to prove that he was good enough to be a professional, and now he has earned a move to an even more illustrious club as a reward for his perseverance and dedication to progression.

The transfer became one of the worst kept secrets of the transfer window, after news was leaked of the deal being announced as part of a dual-swoop on Ajax Cape Town by Bucs, that also included Abbubaker Mobara, who seemed to have his sights set on filling the vacancy at right-back, created by the departure of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, in the Mamelodi Sundowns side. Riyaad is said to be overjoyed to be linking up with gaffer Mushin Ertuğral, a keen admirer of young talents and enterprising attacking football, Mushin also happens to be the man that promoted Riyaad into the 1st team setup at Ajax when he was Head Coach. The great rapport between player and coach will assist Norodien in acclimatising to life at a club of Pirates’ stature, something that will be key if the lad is to avoid the fate that has befallen many a talented youngster, that moved to a big club and failed to receive the necessary tutelage to convert potential into regular displays of elite level ability. Orlando Pirates have now elected themselves to be entrusted with the responsibility of developing Riyaad Norodien into the top-class talent that his potential promises he will be, as custodians of such a great talent, the organisation can reap great rewards if they invest wisely in his development into the player we know he can become.

Riyaad Norodien

Bio

DoB: March 26th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Kensington, Cape Town; Western Cape

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: u/23 International | 3 Caps

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Winger (L/R/C)

Height: 1, 68m

Preferred Foot: Either

Club: Orlando Pirates Football Club

Jersey No: #95

Former Club: Ajax Cape Town Football Club

Development Nest: Ajax Cape Town Youth Development

2015/16 Club Stats: 28 Games, 1 Goal & 5 Assists

Total Career Stats: 34 Games, 3 Goals & 5 Assists

GSV Deal Grader: Steve Lekoelea from Moroka Swallows to Orlando Pirates in of 1997 (4/5)

Orlando Pirates are a club that love their good attacking players, and Riyaad Norodien will provide the club with something many South African teams tend to lack, a natural left-sided player that brings dimension to the offensive unit by providing a different angle for deliveries or shooting chances in attack. The competition for starting places at a team like Orlando Pirates will always be tight, regardless of the phase the team is in; during this minor rebuild, players will be even more incentivised to prove their quality and readiness to fight for an opportunity to play regularly. Riyaad Norodien brings a unique set of abilities that are tailor-made to allow him to flourish in a thriving Orlando Pirates side, the youngster could go down in history as one of the best players to wear the Bucs jersey in the modern era once all is said and done.

Strengths

Skilful players are a dime a dozen in South Africa, yet we still find it hard to develop our dribbling wizards into technically gifted professionals that also possess the physical and tactical dexterity needed to excel at the elite level. Riyaad Norodien is an outrageously gifted technical footballer that seems able to do whatever he wishes on the ball, the playmaker has the ability to weave his way out of tight situations and beat his marker with relative ease. When you consider his high talent ceiling and the incredible scope for growth he is blessed with, one cannot help but feel as if Riyaad is perfectly positioned to become a genuine star in the coming seasons for club and country. A nimble midfielder with the pace to out gas most defenders in the league, Norodien has the ability to be effective on and off the ball, something that marks him out as a premier attacking outlet in the making.

Weaknesses

Great ability is nothing without the mental aptitude to apply oneself towards using those God given gifts to the best of one’s ability, Riyaad’s mentality was questioned when he took his former employer to court in an attempt to server ties with the club and seek gainful employment elsewhere. The determination he showed to overcome those obstacles is commendable, but now the spotlight will be on how he handles the pressure of playing for such a prestigious club. One weakness most modern players make is reading too much into media reports, and often using those very same outlets and channels to get themselves into trouble by saying something that is almost always taken out of context. Riyaad will need to show more control of his overall business as a player, in a city where the media cycle and supporter interest is double what he was experiencing in Cape Town, we would like to read about Riyaad as it pertains to his on-field exploits and not what may be occurring off the field and affecting his image as a promising young star for the future.

GSV Grading The Deal; Orlando Pirates

The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
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

Orlando Pirates Football club

Signings

Felipe Ovono

Transferred From: Free Agent

DoB: July 26th, 1993 (22)

Nationality: Equatoguinean

Position/s: Goalkeeper

Edwin Gyimah

Transferred From: SuperSport United

DoB: March 9th, 1991 (24)

Nationality: Ghanaian

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Roger Majafa

Transferred From: Polokwane City

DoB: February 5th, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Wingback, Winger, Attacking Midfielder (Left)

Amigo Memela

Transferred From: Cape Town All-Stars

DoB: September 18th, 1987 (27)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward (Left/ Right)

Gift Motupa

Transferred From: Baroka FC

DoB: September 23rd, 1994 (20)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista

Tendai Ndoro

Transferred From: Mpumalanga Black Aces

DoB: May 15th, 1988 (27)

Nationality: Zimbabwean

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

The Grand Stand View

Orlando Pirates are fast garnering the reputation of being the Chelsea of South African football, a great football club steeped in tradition with an open cheque book and the appetite for signing their fare share of footballers every season while farming out even more on loan deals across the fraternity. This reputation can only be a negative when one employs such a policy at the expense of the football club, instead of it affording them greater room to manoeuvre in the transfer market while ensuring that the standards and quality levels of the first-team squad are maintained at all times.

Thabo Rakhale is a living testament as to why Bucs thrive off this policy that they currently employ, the player was signed in a relatively low-key deal after impressing the clubs’ scouts while playing in the NFD, and his loan move to Polokwane City ensured that he developed sufficiently enough to warrant a place in the first team squad when the opportunity arose; now the club has an elite level ready footballer that would have cost them millions of Randela’s if they were signing him from a premier league rival. The ‘Destroy & Rebuild” theorem has seen the club reshuffle their youth development programme, and now that they can afford to start graduating their academy players into the first team again, this frugal and often meticulous transfer policy will result in the club having less inclination to enter the market for ready-made talent and see them return to only buying the cream of the crop whenever they open their cheque book. The pedigree of players like Felipe Ovono, Edwin Gyimah and Gift Motupa will only elevate the quality level of the roster, and that can only lead to greater and healthier competition for places in a first team that is always expected to compete well on all fronts. With one of the most exiting squads in the hemisphere, The Sea Robbers will expect to prove their mettle this season and the addition of such quality players will only serve to strengthen their cause.

GSV Season Preview 2015/16; Orlando Pirates

The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers | Orlando Pirates
The ABSA Premiership Trophy | The Ultimate Prize
The ABSA Premiership Trophy | The Ultimate Prize

ABSA Premiership

Orlando Pirates Football Club

Founded: 1937

Nickname: The Buccaneers, The Sea Robbers, Ezimnyama Ngenkani

Home Ground: Orlando Stadium, Soweto; Gauteng (40, 000)

Coach: Eric Tinkler

2014/15 League Finish: 4th

Star Players To Watch: Tshepo Gumede, Thabo Matlaba, Oupa Manyisa, Thabo Rakhale, Sifiso Myeni

Young Guns To Watch: Felipe Ovono, Gift Motupa, Menzi Masuku, Zukile Mkhize

The Grand Stand View

A strong club playing ideology and ethos makes the compilation of a squad easier for the gaffer, as he knows concisely what the organisation as a whole demands from him and his charges; not only does a clear playing ideology and mandate make one’s life easier when it comes to setting and assessing targets for the team, it also makes player recruitment a far less daunting task as the standards are known to all responsible for talent acquisition. Orlando Pirates are renowned for having an extensive scouting network that affords them the opportunity to pick up emerging or unknown talents at a fraction of the market average, and this practice has aided them in developing and monitoring the progress of the players without the pressure of a large price tag or the media expectations and frenzy that accompany a wunderkind. As a transfer policy, it has its obvious benefits, but this “buy them cheap, sell them steep” policy has begun to hurt the development of young academy graduates within the club structure as they find their paths to first team football blocked by older lads that were bought to add to the roster or farm out on loan in an attempt to get them regular game time.

The on-field performances of the side during parts of last season have shown that the club will need to reshuffle their pack and maybe even tweak their playing system if they are to fulfil the potential within the squad and ensure that they return to title winning ways relatively soon. There is an incredible amount of experience within the Orlando Pirates first team squad and the gaffer will have to supplement that experience with some younger and hungrier footballers if Bucs are to show their pedigree for a consistent period throughout the season and prove that they do have the squad depth and quality to compete in all competitions without running out of steam. One cannot help but feel as if Orlando Pirates are far stronger than they were last season as a football club, Eric Tinkler is now more experienced as a gaffer in the premier league and that all bodes well for the club as they seek to justify that they are far better than last season’s 4th place finish; the battle for the title promises to be an open and entertaining one this season and that could just play into the hands of The Sea Robbers as they seem to play their best football when they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.