Tribute to Tamama, the man who threw his lot with diski

2017-05-11 06:03
Steven Mndai will be buried this week.

Steven Mndai will be buried this week.

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The local soccer fraternity is reeling after the loss of one of its dedicated former players in Kholisile Mndai famously known as Tamama, “Ibhaka bhaka elikhulu”.

His first kicked his soccer playing days with the Orion Football Club, where after he moved over to Langa, to join the Spes Bona Football Club.

He was one of the great goalkeepers we ever had in the province.

Although he was horizontally challenged, this did not limit him from being the best goal minder.
It was while he was at Spes Bona that he had to fill in one of the biggest shoes as the previous goalie, Botshi Siyaka, had just moved over to Hellenic soccer club. “Tamama” did not disappoint and ended up being the best and dedicated player.

One of his former teammates described him thus: “He was never late for practice or training sessions.

Travelling from Gugs to Langa, he possessed a good pair of hands. We called him “The Cat”, for his agility. At Spes Bona, goalkeepers had a separate and intense training program.

“He passed the test with flying colours. He was brave. Soft spoken. He was popular with the guys.”

His love for football did not end there, as he played a major role in forming the United Stars Football Club, which he also coached. He loved his soccer even though at times he would be disappointed but took it like a sportsman.

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