An­dries ‘Panyaza’ Maseko a rare breed

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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.

PHOTO: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI / GALLO IM­AGES

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