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My Best XI: Rabone Moripe

My Best XI: Rabone Moripe


Subs :
Deshi Bhaktawer
Dan Malesela
Lucas Radebe
Harold Legodi
Augustine Makalakalane
Marks Maponyane

Aubrey  Makgopela

While “diski” supporters raved about ” tsamaya “, “kitchen”, others call it Shibobo, et al,  one footballer stood head and shoulders above the rest, I suspect that he has copyright to what is colloquially referred to as sandwich. If not, he should seriously consider it. The only player I am aware of who can use both legs in a double sandwich, using both legs in one uninterrupted movement.

While Kgopi, is short in stature, he was very strong and balanced. Not intimidated by taller and bigger footballers, he dominated the midfield whenever he was on the field. He was ultra talented , a football brain , arrogant, with excellent vision. He was gifted and not many come close.  Without doubt, you could not ignore his presence on the field even if you tried. An obvious captain for this team. Meadowlands should be very proud and celebrate him.

I suspect he could have held his own among South African greats like Cedric Xulu, Pecry Moloi, Pule Ntsoelengoe,  Matsilele Sono, and Senyane Ada  Masterpieces  Moripe. He was aptly named ” The Great” Take a bow Aubs. You are a legend and indeed one of the greatest footballers Mzantsi has produced. Aubrey ” The Great” Makgopela.


John ” Shoes” Moshoeu

Those that rave about Christiano Ronaldo, did not see the finished product. Christiano works extra hard to perfect skills that came naturally to Dieta. Poetry in motion. Skills in abundance, strong on the ball, technically superior to most , tricky and fast on the ball. He could also shoot potently with either foot. While this talented, Dieta worked extra hard at his game. I know.  Amongst the best we have produced. John ” Shoes” Moshoeu.



Bennett Masinga

Football is about scoring goals,  The country laments the absence of natural goal poachers. I was privileged to play in the same team with Benitto. Like Kgopi, small in stature but deadly in the box. I have yet to see a smarter player in the box,  Louis Suarez included. Once as a midfielder you gave Benitto an opportunity in the box,  he found the net, irrespective of the angle. He was a sharpshooter par excellence. Much better in the box than his more celebrated cousin. I know Phil will agree.

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