A FEW years ago when I was still based in Johannesburg and working for a Sunday national publication, there was a joke about players from Zim-babwe.
The majority of soccer followers around the country, especially
Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and other teams used to say “players from President Robert Mugabe’s country were cheap when buying them”.
In South African soccer circles used to claim that Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung only buys players from Zimbabwe because if you purchase one, you get one free.
I hated that and thought our brothers from Mzansi were looking down on our neighbours and sounded like apartheid in reverse and xenophobia against our brothers from outside our borders.
I salute and respect players from Zimbabwe.
Most of them are of a high quality, are professional, committed, hard working and stars.
So far about 90% of players who were recruited from Zimbabwe by our South African teams are
marvellous to watch, are always outstanding and have a natural winning mentality.
Many years ago Chiefs had a player named Sugar Muguyo, who used to score goals like crazy.
The old Mthatha Bush Bucks had the Mugeyi twins - Wilfred and
Alfred - those guys were just on another level.
A few seasons ago, Amakhosi had Knowledge Musona who was also pure class.
Currently in the PSL, we have players from Zimbabwe such as Onismor Bhasera, Khama Billiat, Tendai Ndoro, Willard Katsande, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Cuthbert Malajila - all quality players.
More players from Zimbabwe are expected to join PSL teams in the new season so let’s welcome
them because they bring quality
and competition to South African soccer.
Don’t be surprised if SA’s talent scouts or coaches such as Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs), Trott Moloto (Mamelodi Sundowns), Stanley Tshabalala (Orlando Pirates), Stuart Baxter (Supersport United) and Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits), go back to Zimbabwe to buy more players.