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)

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!

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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.

The Olympians: South Africa’s u/23 (Amaglug-Glug) 2016 Rio Olympics Squad

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The talk of Vision 2022 has returned to the top of most Mzansi diski discussion once again, as national under 23 coach, Owen Da Gama, announced his 18 man plus stand-by list of players to represent South Africa in the 26th male edition of the football spectacle part of the Olympic Games, to be held in Rio. It seems to have been eons since we’ve had a national team announcement, at any level, that hasn’t failed to produce great unrest amongst most football following South Africans regarding the personnel selected. The trend seems to have progressed, as two Kaizer Chiefs players have been named as the 2 over-age players chosen in the rather inexperienced squad; one that could have used the luxury of another more seasoned campaigner further up field to ease the pressure of carrying the offensive unit, a unit comprising of a few talented youngsters that haven’t played much football at the elite level. I was fortunate enough to come across a list of the 19 candidates nominated on the overage shortlist by Owen Da Gama, a list exclusively sourced by The Times and circulated on Social Media, seeing players like Solomon Mathe, Surprise Moriri, Tlou Segolela, Asavela Mbekile and Ndumiso Mabena on the list, players who wouldn’t not have been much use within the current circumstances, was a slap in the face, as it seems as though our national teams are still being treated like a friends & clients of friends club. Players like Thabo Matlaba, Hlompho Kekana, Thabo Rakhale, Prince Nxumalo & Moeketsi Sekola, who were all also on the list, would have added a different quality to the squad, and given them a different outlook, particularly regarding how they setup their offensive game. Andile Jali and Lebogang Phiri are said to have had their call-ups rejected by their respective club sides, Jali was to serve as the 3rd overage player, while Phiri would have been a lock to start in one of the two double-pivot slots, in what cloud have been his international level breakthrough for South Africa.

Potential is a great commodity in modern sports, where we often value high potential ceiling prospects over good readymade talents, simply because, a young talent with the perceived scope for growth is seen as an asset that has the potential to yield greater rewards. The process behind negating the option of calling up a 3rd overage player for the tournament has been explained by a desire to afford another u/23 player with the opportunity to make the nation proud, and build upon that great platform to catapult their career to the next level. One cannot disagree with that notion, but with the squad already consisting of a few players that could be said to have been “afforded a platform to make the nation proud”, which is more like a gift to some who have largely been unseen & are unproven on the professional level, one cannot help but feel as if, yet again, we let our politics get in the way of us assembling the best possible side, which is a pity as this is such a pivotal tournament in the success of said Vision 2022.

The leaders tasked with guiding the beautiful game in our beloved South Africa have made little attempt to fully clarify what it is their Vision 2022 will achieve in the short, mid and long terms; yet whenever the topic is conveniently brought up for discussion, the nation just happens to be on the cusp of a youth international tournament that never appears to be fully logistically prepared for by those in charge. The appointment of Neil Tovey as Technical Director of SAFA was intended to have put an end to an era where clubs are at odds with the national team over player availability, for whatever reason, we often see players from the same local clubs get preferential treatment when it comes to national call-ups, and that is something that was intended to stop as we moved towards this Vision 2022, that promotes youth development and inclusion of players from across the board. The one truly commendable facet of the side is the diversity of where they selected players were developed or nurtured into professionals; of the 18 man squad, 8 were groomed in Gauteng, with a much improved 5 in Cape Town, 2 from the North-West and one each from, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

South Africa is a nation blessed with great sporting talent in abundance, for whatever reason, we have failed to continually translate our great gifts into elite level players, that elevate the standard of our national teams, and give our loving fan base something to truly be proud of. Aside from the 1996 African Cup of Nations triumph, South African football has barely made a mark on the field in the sport, and that is very disappointing when you consider the wealth of talent and resources we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal. The 18 men selected will do very well to fully represent the splendour and richness of South African football, in a country that embraces good attacking football much like we do, one can only pray that our current group of u/23’s can go further than the Class of 2000, and win enough points to secure passage out of a group that contains the host nation, in the 26th edition of football at the Olympic games. South Africa will be hoping to finish in the top 2 of Group A, and book a quarter-final battle with Colombia, Japan, Nigeria or Sweden, who will all be vying for the two available qualifying slots in group B.

South Africa Under-23 Olympic Squad (Rio 2016)

Goalkeepers

Name Club DoB Height Preferred Foot
Itumeleng Isaac Khune Kaizer Chiefs FC, RSA June 20th, 1987 (29) 1, 81m Right
Jody Jason February Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA May 12th, 1996 (20) 1, 82m Right

 

Defenders

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Kwandakwensizwa Ishmael Mngonyama Mamelodi Sundowns FC, RSA RB/CB/LB September 25th, 1993 (22) 1, 80m Right
Abbubaker Mobara Orlando Pirates FC, RSA RB/CB/DM February 18th, 1994 (22) 1, 79m Right
Repo Tercious Malepe Orlando Pirates FC, RSA CB February 18th, 1997 (19)   Right
Mulomowandau Erick Mathoho Kaizer Chiefs FC, RSA CB March 1st, 1990 (26) 1, 90m Right
Rivaldo Roberto Genino Coetzee Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA CB October 16th, 1996 (19) 1, 79m Right
Tebogo Moerane BidVest Wits FC, RSA LB April 7th, 1995 (21) 1, 65m Left

 

Midfielders

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Mothobi Mvala Highlands Park FC, RSA DM June 14th, 1994 (22) 1, 82m Right
Phumlani Nkosinathi Ntshangase BidVest Wits FC, RSA CB/DM/DLP December 24th, 1994 (21) 1, 65m Right
Gift Mohlatlego Motupa Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AM/AF/CF September 23rd, 1994 (21) 1, 80m Right
Deolin Quade Mekoa Maritzburg United FC, RSA DLP/AM/AP (L/R/C) August 10th, 1993 (22) 1, 60m Right
Menzi Alson Masuku Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AM/AP(L/R/C) April 15th, 1993 (23) 1, 72m Right
Keagan Larenzo Dolly Mamelodi Sundowns FC, RSA AM/AP(L/R/C) January 22nd, 1993 (23) 1, 70m Either
Aubrey Maphosa Modiba Cape Town City FC, RSA LB/AM/AP(L/R) July 22nd 1995 (20) 1, 60m Right

 

Forwards

Name Club DoB Height Preferred Foot
Tashreeq Morris Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA May 13th, 1994 (22) 1, 84m Right
Lebohang Mothiba Lille OSC, FRA January 28th, 1996 (20)   Right
Tyroane Joe Sandows Grêmio FBPA, BRA February 12th, 1995 (21) 1, 70m Right

 

Standby List

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Nkosingiphile Gumede Golden Arrows FC, RSA GK December 1st, 1993 (22) 1, 76m Right
Thapelo James Morena Bloemfontein Celtic FC, RSA RB/AP/AM/AF (R/L/C) August 6th, 1993 (22) 1, 70m Right
Andile Fikozolo SuperSport United FC, RSA AP/AM/AF (L/R/C) February 18th, 1997 (19) 1, 69m Right
Thabiso Simon Kutumela Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AP/AF/CF (L/R/C) July 3rd, 1993 (23)   Right

South Africa Under-23 Olympic Games Fixtures

Group Fixture 1

Brazil vs South Africa

Date: Thursday August 4th, 2016; 16H00 | 21H00 CAT

Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília; Brazil

 

Group Fixture 2

Denmark vs South Africa

Date: Sunday August 7th, 2016; 19H00 | Monday August 8th, 2016 02H00 (CAT)

Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília; Brazil

 

Group Fixture 3

South Africa vs Iraq

Date: Wednesday August 10th, 2016; 22H00 | Thursday August 11th, 2016 03H00 (CAT)

Venue: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo; Brazil

The Grandstand View

Owen Da Gama is a man caught in a very precarious situation; his team overcame the odds to qualify for the Olympic Games, without anything near the level of support one needs to regularly pull off such a majestic feat, the pressure will now be on him to ensure that the newfound expectations of a demanding public are met, starting with three respectable performances being the bare minimum. One cannot begin to understand how ODG is feeling, the pressure of overseeing a successful campaign will be new to him in this position, as there was little pressure and expectation on the side during the earlier rounds of qualifying; the pressure seemed to intensify as the dream became more and more of a reality, and now the dreamers have heaped expectations on the man affectionately known as Rubber Doll to deliver the stuff of legends.

The comparison of the Class of 2000 and the current crop of players would be unfair for many a reason, yet the latent fact is that this selection looks a tad bit weaker on paper, which is unfortunate, when one regards the progress we expect ourselves to have made as a nation and a fraternity after 16 years and 3 Olympic cycles worth of experience, planning and implementation. South African football cannot grow as it should, when we are still having to deal with favouritism of certain club’s and agent’s players, club vs country tug-of-war’s that are intentionally going unmediated, and a general lack of proactive thinking, planning, implementation & ingenious corrective measures when it comes to handling the logistical side of our national teams.

One can only wonder how long our talents will continue to mask the shambles that is our football fraternity. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games may be a wakeup call for South African football administrators in more ways than one. If we can achieve any ounce of measurable success with a team that if far from our best composition of u/23 players, the powers that be will be left knowing that we could have achieved even more with proper planning and implementation. Lord forbid we become the whipping boys of a group almost as open as our 2000 one, a group that comprised of Brazil, Japan & Slovakia, South African football would have to do a lot of much needed soul searching to find solutions to our deeper lying problems; our team should, at the very least, not be losing to teams like Denmark & Iraq at any level, and these tests will be a gauge of where we truly stand in terms of progressing towards any success regarding Vision 2022.

By @MCPetjeIII

Grading The Deal; The Radiance Of Ramahlwe Mphahlele To Kaizer Chiefs

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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!

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The lack of transparency within South African football, regarding transfers and player contracts, returns to being the central topic now that the rumour mill has kicked into full swing. We have often woken up to a surprising transfer or two in the past couple of years during this busy period for clubs, players and their representatives; one of the early deals to have caught my eye was the move of former Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Ramahlwe Mphahlele on a free transfer to Kaizer Chiefs. Ramahlwe is a gifted footballer that only recently overcame some injury concerns, to make the right-back slot at Chloorkop his own, before winning a place in the Bafana Bafana squad, where he seemed at home.

The reason why the transfer was a surprising one is two-fold; a Downs player leaving to join Khosi is a reversal of the trend we saw growing when Brian Baloyi traded Johannesburg for Tshwane in the 2005/06 season, the other surprise was the fact that such an integral part of the Sundowns squad was allowed to join a local rival on a free is even more peculiar. The lack of business savvies within our club administrators has seen the game of football fail to grow at the rate many had hoped to see in Mzansi, while we should rightly praise Kaizer Chiefs for pulling off such a major coup on a free transfer, Mamelodi Sundowns will have to be questioned as to why the players contract was allowed to run down without an extension being signed, or the player being moved on with some return on investment.

The impending departure of Siboniso Gaxa will create a void that has actually needed filling since the start of last season; Kaizer Chiefs had a record breaking run with a squad that begun to show its age in many areas, the signing of a younger upgrade to Pa will certainly go down well with Khosi supporters, who have been calling for some marquee names to be signed. Ramahlwe Mphahlele will easily slot into that right-back role, offering defensive stability, offensive prowess and a helping of leadership, something Kaizer Chiefs lost in Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele

Bio

Full Name: Ramahlwe Quinton Mphahlele

DoB: February 1st, 1990 (26)

PoB: Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo; South Africa

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: 1 Cap

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

Height: 1, 76m

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: Kaizer Chiefs Football Club

Jersey No: #2

Former Clubs: Moroka Swallows (2007-2011), Mamelodi Sundowns (2011-2016), Pretoria University (2012-2013, Loan)

Development Nest/s: Turfloop School of Excellence, Moroka Swallows

Transfer Fee: Free Transfer

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2019 + 1 Year Renewal Option

2015/16 Club Stats: 27 Games, 2 Assists & 2 Yellow Cards

Total Career Stats: 192 Games, 4 Goals, 9 Assists & 23 Yellow Cards

GSV Deal Grader: Jimmy Tau, from Orlando Pirates to Kaizer Chiefs, August 2005 on a Free Transfer (4/5)

The Grand Stand View

The mass exodus of players from Kaizer Chiefs over the last 18 months has been long overdue in many ways, the club needs to rebuild upon a new foundation and try to eclipse or at least match the success they enjoyed during their great run. The acquisition of Ramahlwe Mphahlele is a shrewd and commendable one; Rama is a Bafana calibre player who has the ability to become the best right-back in the country, if he isn’t already; Rama is also versatile enough to develop into a more central defender for the AmaKhosi if the situation calls for it, his versatility is something that adds to his overall value to the club.

Kaizer Chiefs will be keenly watched by their rivals, many of whom believe that the AmaKhosi are a wounded giant, desperately attempting to revive their fortunes with a signing spree to appease a disgruntled support base; one would be weary of a wounded Kaizer Chiefs, the Glamour Boys seem to do their most productive business off the field, when all odds are stacked against them. Bobby Motaung & new Technical Director, Doctor Khumalo, will need to put all their years of experience & football expertise to work if they are to successfully assemble a side that gaffer Steve Komphela can work with to achieve the mandate set forth, the signing of a player like Ramahlwe Mphahlele is a good start.