Se­crets of the Stars

Ten things you didn’t know about Musa Bi­lankulu

Kick Off - - INSIDE - BY LOVE­MORE MOYO

“AC­CORD­ING TO MUSA, HIS OLDER BROTHER WAS A BET­TER FOOT­BALLER THAN HIM”

1 Musa Ju­nior Bi­lankulu was born in Mala­mulele, Lim­popo but re­lo­cated to Vosloorus when he was in kin­der­garten af­ter his fa­ther – who worked in Gaut­eng – bought a house in the Ekurhu­leni 2 town­ship. Bi­lankulu would go on to do all of his school­ing in “Vosloo” and ma­tric­u­lated at Thuto Lesedi Sec­ondary School. He states that he didn’t pro­ceed to ter­tiary due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons but had done well enough to be ac­cepted at univer­sity. For­tu­nately foot­ball has pro­vided the only in­come that 3 he has ever had all his life. The 32 year-old is the third born in a fam­ily of five kids – three girls and two boys. His older sis­ter, Con­stance, is now late while his brother Michael works for the SAPS as a de­tec­tive based in Ger­mis­ton. The first of his younger sis­ters works as a man­ager at Fos­chini while the last born is em­ployed at Hertz car 4 rentals. Ac­cord­ing to Musa, his older brother was a bet­ter foot­baller than him but didn’t have the pa­tience to wait for his chance in foot­ball. How­ever, Michael still fol­lows the game and al­ways has cru­cial ad­vice for his younger brother. Re­tired foot­baller Jab­u­lani Mendu – who also hails from Vosloorus – re­mains Bi­lankulu’s men­tor just like his de­vel­op­ment coach Pride Morosi.5 Hav­ing grown up in Vosloorus Ex­ten­sion 2, Bi­lankulu al­ways had his for­mer La­montville Golden Ar­rows team­mate Kag­iso Se­namela as an op­po­nent from pri­mary school through to both high school and ju­nior foot­ball. Se­namela, who now plays in the lower di­vi­sions, also hails from the same town6 ship. Bi­lankulu is not mar­ried but has a four-year-old daugh­ter Rirhandzu. He, 7 how­ever, is in a re­la­tion­ship. The for­mer Bid­vest Wits man states that he sees no pur­pose in hav­ing an agent as most are out to ex­ploit play­ers. “Why should some­one speak on my be­half when I al­ready know what I want,” he 8 says. Bi­lankulu also re­veals that he sold both his Dur­ban prop­er­ties af­ter mov­ing to Wits from Ar­rows four years ago due to the myr­iad prob­lems that he en­coun­tered with ten­ants.9 He is very close friends with Kag­isho Dik­ga­coi, whom he has known since 2005 as both ar­rived at Ar­rows the same time. He was the best man at the for­mer Bafana Bafana mid­fielder’s wed­ding last year. They are start­ing a busi­ness ven­ture to­gether, which will be in Dur­ban, al­low­ing them to be hands on. His name­sake Musa Ny­atama – now at Or­lando Pirates – is also a close friend just like Malaw­ian de­fender Lim­bikani10 Mzava. Bi­lankulu has ac­counts on so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as Face­book, In­sta­gram, Snapchat and Twit­ter but is less ac­tive on the lat­ter.

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