Chatting about Machibisa Fast X1

2017-12-13 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMachibisa X1 carry the hopes of their supporters in this season's run of the Edendale Football Association league.

PHOTO: suppliedMachibisa X1 carry the hopes of their supporters in this season's run of the Edendale Football Association league.

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MARITZBURG Echo sports contributor Jerry Barnes sat down with Tom Ngcobo to talk about Machibisa Fast X1.

JB: Machibisa Fast X1 is one of the oldest teams in the Greater Edendale area, especially in Machibisa, when was it formed and by whom?

TN: Machibisa Fast XI was formed in 1967. The formation of the club was orchestrated by Victor “Sompie” Mhlongo and a group of men called trustees Dladla (Shubhu’s father), Khweleza Ngubane, Ze Ngcobo, Dixie Ndlovu, Jacob Ngcobo, Solomon Ngcobo (my father), Tutu Ngcobo, Shula Mkhize, Kwazikwakhe Ndlovu, Wesley Dladla and Mike Kunene.

JB: Fast produced a lot of quality and skilful players in the late 60s and 70s and one was Bhuti Shubhu, what’s his real name and who were the other players?

TN: His real name is Simon Nhlanhla ‘Shubhu’ Dladla. The 60’s players were Babo ‘Babs’ Dlamini (captain), Reginald ‘Action’ Mbhele, Boysie ‘Moizen’ Ludidi, Frankie ‘Englishman’ van Wyk, Bafolo ‘Folos’ Zwane, Kaizer ‘Matanzima’ Khanyile, Hamilton ‘A1’ Makhaye, Mandla ‘Ndunakandaba’ Ngcobo, Mape Mthembu, Thotho Shezi, Fano ‘Sgubhu’ Zuma, Sipho ‘Mgiliji’ Nhleko and Goro ‘Tsoro’ Ngcobo.

The 70’s players were Derrick ‘Va’ Msomi, Muzi ‘City’ Thusi, Hamlet ‘Nunu’ Kubheka, Mlungisi ‘Ndoda’ Msomi, Vusi ‘Nxakanxaka’ Zulu, Donald ‘Die Dons’ Mvemve, Themba ‘Tizzah’ Mpungose, Mhlangano ‘Knysa’ Mkhize, Michael ‘Ace’ Nhlapho, Cornwell ‘Sgqonza’ Ntombela, Vusi ‘Chillies’ Mkhonza, Otto ‘Makalanyane’ Mtshali, Mafika Khuzwayo, Skhumkani Mchunu, Mzi Ludidi, Ntame ‘Chimago’ Khumalo, Nunu ‘Nkrumah’ Mpungose, Sibusiso ‘Shebeleza’ Makhaye and Siphiwe Zulu.

JB: Also in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Inyokana introduced another new generation of players - yourself, Sthiza, December, Bee and others. What are their real names and what games did you guys win.

TN: Themba ‘Sthiza’ Ngcobo, Bigboy ‘Bee’ Ndlovu, December ‘Sports’ Ngcobo, Thamsanqa ‘Sticks’ Zuma, Ziphathe ‘Jesus’ Ndlovu, Ben ‘Kwapes’ Ntombela, Fanele ‘Botsotso’ Ngidi, Thabani ‘Professor’ Khumalo, Jabulani ‘Jay’ Hlongwa, Dumisani ‘Des’ Mkhize.

We were runners-up in the Sparletta Challenge, the final was played at Absa Stadium.
In 1988 we were the Impala Cup champions and that final was played at Ellis Park. We were also crowned Katz KO Cup champions. We were eliminated by Kansas City in a 1-0 loss in the Bobsave Top 32.

JB: A lot of Fasties players were recruited by top teams, who were they and to which team did they go.

TN: Shubhu Dladla went to Maritzburg City and African Wanderers. Shebeleza Makhaye to Charlton Athletics but came back and retired at Fast XI. Bee Ndlovu went to Crystal Brains. Thami Zuma, Vusi Khwela and Darkie Mkhize went to Real Taj.

JB: How did the team survive without an owner or proper management then?

TN: The club had excellent management inclusive of late Tsotsi ‘Moscow’ Duma, Amon ‘Mlite’ Khumalo, Phika Ndlela, Ananias Nyoka, Muzi ‘Mabriza’ Hlatshwayo, Ngomane ‘Mgoms’ Zondi. The late Gaba Hlophe was our pillar of strength in the 80s. Duma and Khumalo were excellent soccer administrators.

JB: You recently revived the team, why?

TN: Football used to be our bread and soul when we grew up in Machibisa. I noticed that the boys were not involved in sport, which is a superb vehicle to keep them from wrongdoings.

When we grew up we were protected by the administrators of the club, now it is our turn to give back to the community.

JB: How many games you played and won under Edendale FA?

TN: The boys are doing well under Edendale Football Association. We have played 19 games, won 12, drew three and lost four.

JB: Are there any sons of players from the yesteryear in the team?

TN: Siphosethu Ngcobo is December’s son. Nkululeko Zulu is Sthiza’s son. Sibonelo Ngcobo is my younger brother Bongani’s son and Sabelo ‘Be’ Khumalo is Cornwell Ntombela’s nephew.

JB: Have you got partners helping you?

TN: At the moment I am doing it alone, but former players and sons of Machibisa are always willing to support the club.

JB: What are you hoping to achieve with this new-look Machibisa Fast X1?

TN: I would like to see the club become a household name in Pietermaritzburg and KZN and participate in a more competitive league.

JB: I wish you all the best.

TN: My blood is green and gold and my legs are full of the scars I endured while wearing Nyokana jersey.

I salute the Class of 1988 that won the Impala Cup at Ellis Park, the legends and fallen heroes of Machibisa Fast XI.


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