Andries ‘Panyaza’ Maseko a rare breed
and R30 per match, depending on whether it was a friendly or a league game. It was only when we played against Kaizer Chiefs or Moroka Swallows that we felt like tycoons – we’d get between R200 and R250, depending on the gate takings.”
He mentions Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba and Percy “Chippa” Moloi as two of the men who contributed immensely to his success.
“Shakes led by example as captain, and every piece of advice that Percy gave me worked like a charm.”
About the powerful shot that was a menace to many goalkeepers of that era, he said: “I come from a family of footballers. My uncles, who played for Alexandra Rangers and Moroka Stars, were strikers of note and coached me from a young age on how to hit a perfect shot.”
As I left the Dobsonville Extension home of the man I had killed off a few days earlier, my heart was singing with all the nostalgia of the good ol’ days. S’Busiso Mseleku, ever since I started reading soccer news, I have always read your articles. You deserve some recognition from the world of soccer. You have served the nation.
The SA Football Association needs to applaud you big time for your invaluable contribution in keeping this game alive and promoting it via the print media.
You came up with the name Bafana Bafana, whose meaning later caused a lot of confusion. Today, some still don’t know that, in English, Bafana Bafana can be translated to mean “boy oh boy”. I was reading an article you wrote about Andries “Panyaza” Maseko, among others, in Pressing Issues (City Press, July 16 2017). Mr Mseleku, you must take some time and write for South Africa about this KwaThema soccer god. Around the world, I have not to this day seen any player with a similar style of play as “Six Mabone”. He was a rare breed, a gentleman; a genius who was to Moroka Swallows what Patrick “Ace” Ntsoelengoe was to Kaizer Chiefs, and Jomo Sono to Orlando Pirates. He carried the same weight as those two giants.
Andries was very good at going through the middle; slippery, direct and skilful. His engine, bro S’Bu, hayi, hayi, hayi.
The way he ran with his arms open. The best player to have played for The Birds. Hamba minyaka! I am glad I got to see him live at George Goch Stadium and other venues when Swallows were still called Limited by their die-hard fans. You remember those days, bro S’Bu? Their fans will tell you, Limited were never underdogs to any team.
With Six Mabone around, they would always come back – even from 2-0 down – with skill; they were very dangerous when they were trailing. If you want to know what kind of a player Six Mabone was, you would have to combine three players – Eric “Chippa” Chauke, Andries “Chaka Chaka” Mpondo and Harold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi – to get half a Maseko.
Sad to hear about the passing of Jeffrey “Tornado” Ntsibande, who was a striker sama striker.
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