Chiefs, Reds legends to relive nostalgia

2013-11-10 14:00

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Kaizer Chiefs and Liverpool will take soccer enthusiasts down memory lane when the legends from the two giants face off in Durban on Saturday.

For former Amakhosi and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Brian “Spiderman” Baloyi, the occasion at the Moses Mabhida Stadium will be special in many ways, as he is an ardent Liverpool fan.

Baloyi was on the bench in 1994 when Chiefs faced off against the Reds in a friendly game, and he got to swap jerseys with his idol and counterpart David James.

“It is amazing how time flies –  I was still trying to establish myself as a pro in 1994 and [now], 19 years later, I am regarded as a legend,” said Baloyi.

He recalled the United Bank Soccer Festival game at Ellis Park Stadium when he was a wide-eyed, 20-year-old rookie.

“I am disappointed that James won’t be here, but it is nice to have a guy like Bruce Grobbelaar coming. He is mostly remembered for his craziness in goal – he would pee behind the goalposts and chat to the fans when the game was on. He had the guts some of us didn’t have,” said Baloyi.

Among those who were on the English powerhouse’s 1994 tour of Mzansi and are in this legends squad are John Barnes, John Aldridge and Rob Jones.

Baloyi, now 39, said he was getting a feel of donning the gloves again since his retirement from the professional ranks two-and-a-half seasons ago.

“I have never played as a goalkeeper since I retired and my body is sore from diving. But I’ll be ready for the game and we will give the fans a good outing to remember,” he said.

Interestingly, Baloyi has played with different generations of Amakhosi players who will be on the current legends roster. These include Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo, John “Shoes” Moshoeu, Fani Madida, Neil Tovey and Gardner Seale (see squad lists).

With the exception of Radebe – who left Chiefs for Leeds United in England – all these players faced Liverpool in 1994.

The first batch of Reds oldies will arrive tomorrow. Those who are expected are Barnes, Jones, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Jan Mølby, Jason McAteer, Vladimír Šmicer, Patrik Berger, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy and David Fairclough.

The rest of the team will arrive at different intervals during the week.

» The game will start at 2pm

The squads

Kaizer Chiefs Legends

Abel Shongwe, Ace Khuse, Arthur Zwane, Brian Baloyi, Cyril Nzama, Doctor Khumalo, Fani Madida, Frank Makua, Gardner Seale, Lucas Radebe, Neil Tovey, Ntsie Maphike, Shane MacGregor, Shoes Moshoeu, Stanton Fredericks, Thabo Mooki, Wellington Manyathi, William Shongwe

Liverpool Legends

Bruce Grobbelaar, Mark Wright, Michael Thomas, Jason Mcateer, Rob Jones, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy, Jan Molby, Dietmar Hamann, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, David Fairclough, Robbie Fowler, John Aldridge, Phil Thompson, Roy Evans, Ian Callaghan, Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer

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