Kaizer Chiefs celebrated their 47th anniversary and we have joined the festivities by taking you down memory lane with the 50 greatest ever players to feature for the Phefeni Glamour boy. This is part 3 of 5.
30: Neil ” Mokoko” Tovey, started as a good energetic midfielder, who was later converted into a central defender. He made the transition seamless and was also comfortable in that position. He had good anticipation, a never say die attitude. An astute communicator; organiser and leader at the back with a winning mentality.
29: Joseph ” Banks ” Sethlodi a keeper with a big heart and someone with temperament for the big stage. Dependable and agile, great shot stopper and organiser in defence who made Chiefs solid in their backline. Like his nickname suggest a real banker at the back.
28: Rudolf ” Gardner ” Seale, he had a ” devil” in him. A no nonsense defender who put his body on the line at all times. Wingers were scared of him, as he could rough them up regardless of their size. He was a tiger on the field and a wonderfully gifted left fullback with some great football attributes.
27: Absolum ” Scara” Thindwa, he packed unbelievable power in his legs. He was a real attacking force who scored a lot of crucial goals at the club. He had the knack of scoring goals in extra time. He was a menace for defenders and was an accomplished player brought in from Swaziland.
26: Fani ” Msindisi ” Madida, a pure goalscorer with lightning pace. Fast, strong and blessed with a great shooting technique. He could score goals from 30 yards using his power. Before he went to Turkey in 1992 he led the team to the League title scoring 34 league goals following the amalgamation of the NFL and NPSL and that record stood for a very long time.
25: Jingles ” Baba Ka Sbongile” Perreira, started out as a striker and was converted into a defender. A great reader of the game, he could anticipate things on the field of play with such ease to make telling interceptions without tackling or fouling. Due to his technique, he scored goals when things were tough.
24: Wellington ” Umuntu akalahlwa” Manyathi, the best screener of the defence in the modern game. He took over the position from Sylvester Kole. A good reader of game, who won many duals cleanly. He had leadership qualities and was a good teacher. He has also a good passing range for a player whose main area of expertise was more about winning the ball.
23: Johannes “Ryder” Mofokeng, was a no nonsense defender with load of energy to burn. Very quick and dependable in defence, especially when man-marking the dangerous opposition players. He could easily shackle attackers for 90 minutes, and his best eye catching duels were against the dribbling wizard Joel ” Ace” Mnini of Moroka Swallows.
22: Michael ” Bizzah” Dlamini, was a great player who was extremely versatile. He was part of the South African black IX of 1973 that played against the British All Stars. He was one of the fittest players in the team. He is one of the founding members of Kaizer Chiefs.
21: Moran ” Samora” Khulu, was a clever strike who knew his path to goals. He had loads of energy and could hustle defenders for the ball and stay sniffing around the box for opportunities. A real workaholic, who packed a mean-shot and was a great finisher. A true warrior of the game who was also named the 1985 Footballer of the year.