The Unapparent Heir Apparent; Michael Masilo Modubi

A General In Midfield | Masilo Modubi
A General In Midfield | Masilo Modubi
Preparing To Battle For Bafana | Micheal Modubi
Preparing To Battle For Bafana | Micheal Modubi

Mzansi Diski can honestly state that she is unaccustomed to having her fledglings plucked from the nest at a tender young age and allowed to go out into the football realm and display their God given gifts without ever having graced her turf at the professional level; in 2003, she had three of her prodigal sons signed by English football club Chelsea F.C. and the lives of those fledglings were altered from the moment they left their Elandsfontein based nest.

Boy-Boy Mosia, Jeffery Ntuka (Pule) and Michael Masilo Modubi were three players deemed worthy of signing for The Blues after impressing their scouts during a SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence tour of Ireland in the MILK Cup, even before the Blues were renowned for their “buy and leave a-loan” policy, they made great use of their connections to loan out talented foreign players to their satellite club K.V.C. Westerlo in Belgium. The players would be allowed to develop further while playing regular first team football at a competitive level and hopefully earning enough national team caps to earn work permits or staying in Belgium long enough to gain residency papers with the view of moving back to Stamford Bridge and becoming a first team player.

Things may have not gone according to plan for the Mzansi bred youngsters, blame it on the influx of cash and the increased expectations over in London or the genuine lack of exposure at any level of the national team structures in South Africa if you will; the expectations were high on all the lads and they would each deserve individual pieces that document their own paths in this beautiful yet often heartbreaking craft we call football. Yet I have dedicated this one to a Seshego born midfield general that promised to be the answer to our question of who would marshal the Bafana engine room in the manner Linda “Mercedes-Benz” Buthelezi did in his heyday.

Blessed with ox-like strength in the tackle, the engine of a German manufactured machine and the marking proficiency to leave attacking midfield players feeling claustrophobic for weeks after a run-out with him on the park, Modubi was a young man who played like he had been in the game for far longer than his numbers dictated. Impressing scouts as a holding midfielder is not easy in modern football as the positional demands of the role have been redefined with the change in tactical philosophies and ideals, Masilo did extremely well to show the potential of an EPL level holding midfield player at such a tender age.

Plucked from the Ria Stars academy at 11 years of age by the national School of Excellence, the former Real Gunners trainee was signed by Chelsea F.C at 18 along with his 2 fellow Mzansi lads in 2003 before being loaned to Westerlo in Belgium who were campaigning in the Belgian Pro League.  Masilo played regularly in midfield for the Antwerp based club as they recorded their joint best league finish of 6th with some stellar displays that saw them qualify for the UEFA Inter-Toto Cup, he continued to make a total of 103 appearances over 8 seasons for the club as injuries slowed down his progress in pivotal stages of some seasons while still managing to amass a good reputation for himself across the league for being a competitive and competent holding midfield player. He was released by the only professional club he had played for in 2011 and found a new home at Dessel Sport before seemingly falling off the radar in 2014 after being released by the second division club, in whose jersey he appeared 9 times.

Masilo Michael Modubi may not be a name many in the current generation will recall very easily, yet he was a player that showed many just how much potential there truly was in South Africa and although he may have not developed into that upgraded version of Mercedes-Benz, we at GSV will always like to remember the career of Masilo for the great promise it showed while also providing us with another EU passport having South African lad to sign on Football Manager when one is looking to add some Mzansi lads to the roster.

Bio

Full Name; Masilo Michael Modubi

DoB: April 22nd, 1985 (30)

PoB: Seshego, Polokwane; Limpopo, South Africa

Caps & Goals: 4 Caps (Former u/23 International)

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Height: 1, 76m

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: Unattached

Career Club Appearances: 113 Games

Previous Clubs: Real Gunners, Ria Stars, SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence, Chelsea, K.V.C. Westerlo, K.F.C. Dessel Sport

Market Value: R 2 800 000

What Happened To That Boi; The Bewildering Boy-Boy Mosia

The Better Days At OHL | Boy-Boy Mosia
The Better Days At OHL | Boy-Boy Mosia
Always A Bargain Buy On Football Manager | #Banter
Always A Bargain Buy On Football Manager | #Banter

Being the very vocal advocates for youth development that we are, we need to accept all the possible downsides to more and more people embracing the notion of investing in younger players and their development with the belief that this ideology will always afford the beautiful game a solid foundation for growth. With all those positives brought into consideration, it’s not a rarity for one to see many young players succumbing to the heavy expectations paced on them and the media circus that comes with being so gifted in this age of technology and the increased pressure to perform at a level that justifies the increased levels of remuneration, for so many diverse and often bizarre reasons an alarming number of these players ultimately fail to become the super talents that people predicted they would be and thus the common question in the barroom over a pint as the football plays, “what happened to that boi?”

#TheHistorian

Introduced himself as…

A pint-sized teenage wunderkind who embodied all that was right about Mzansi Diski in the attacking sense; Boy-Boy was a rare gem that some nations are lucky to have in each generation of footballers. The was no limit to the attacking brilliance of a football artist that had paint brushes for feet and the beautiful mind to take the ball and paint picturesque works of art with his immense attacking skills. The lad could dribble himself out of Joburg traffic without breaking a sweat and his technical proficiency was only highlighted by his small stature and great balance on the ball, his great athleticism underpinned his electric pace as he could weave through defenders and leave them at odds as to how best to defend against him. Scouted by the great Italian football giants Juventus will still just 14, Boy-Boy learned a lot in Italy during his relatively short stay before returning to sign for the development academy of AmaZulu who he then left to join up with other top class young South African talents at the SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence where his great potential begun to catch the eye of even more admirers.

Where did it go wrong?

A move to Europe in the dream of many a young African football player and Boy-Boy was fortunate enough to be one of three South African players to be signed for Chelsea F.C after impressing their scouts while on tour in Ireland with the SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence. In an attempt to bypass work-permit regulations, Chelsea loaned Jeffery Ntuka, Masilo Modubi and Boy-Boy out to feeder club K.V.C Westerlo in Belgium and the road to the grandest stages of European football begun to seem even more of a dream than a reality for the dribbling wizard. While his teammates found it easier to acclimatise and excel in Belgium, Boy-Boy found himself marginalised at Westerlo as his lack of size made it hard for him to impose himself in a new league that afforded him little freedom to play his natural game and be appreciated for it.

The legend!

It was on loan at Oud-Heverlee Leuven where Boy-Boy played his best football as a professional, although it was in the second tier, the lad endeared himself to the supporters OHL with his dominant and enthralling attacking displays of brilliance and ensured that his performances made the entrance price alone worth every penny. While he may have returned to Mzansi and had to face the unenviable task of almost knocking on club training gates asking for a chance to prove his once undeniable abilities, Boy-Boy will remain one of the most renowned Mzansi Diski exports to never play in England and possibly one of the most bought Mzansi lads on Football Manager games when a gaffer needs to add some spark to his lower league side on the cheap.

He may be a tiny man in stature, but boy oh boy, Boy-Boy Mosia could be one of the biggest Mzansi Diski stars the football fraternity never got to fully enjoy and Bob’s your D’Alberton Callies remembering nonkel.

Boy-Boy Mosia

Bio

Full Name: Simphiwe Boy-Boy Mosia

DOB: July 1st, 1985 (30)

PoB: Pretoria, Gauteng; South Africa

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward, Winger

Height: 1, 55m

Preferred Foot: Either

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: N/A (Former SA u/20 & u/23 International)

Current Club: Unattached (Retired)

Former Clubs: MG Stars, Juventus, AmaZulu, SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence, Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates, Chelsea, K.V.C. Westerlo, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Mpumalanga Black Aces

Career Club Appearances: 72 Games

Grading The Deal; The Homecoming Of Siyanda Xulu

Pondering The Future... | Siyanda Xulu ©Sabelo Mngoma/ Backpagepix
Pondering The Future… | Siyanda Xulu

Kaizer Chiefs held the attention of the Mzansi Diski fraternity yet again as they called together pen carrying football writing professionals from across the kingdom for the unveiling of their new batch of signings. The press conference caught the attention of many for a myriad of reasons, and the misspelling of names may not have come high on the agenda for some of those whose senses were intrigued by some of the names unveiled; one deal to have caught our attention during the unveiling was the transfer of a player whose arrival at Kaizer Chiefs may have been the worst kept secret in Soweto over the past few weeks. Siyanda Xulu has been dubbed the replacement to former skipper Tefu Mashamaite and the man tasked with forging yet another strong central defensive partnership alongside central defensive lynchpin Mulomowandau Erick “Tower” Mathoho. Those are extremely gigantic boots for the talented former Kaizer Chiefs academy apprentice to fill, yet he has the experience and ability to excel for the club whilst hopefully earning his spot back in the Bafana setup and a one-way ticket abroad where his level of talent dictates he deserves to be playing.

#TheSuperMarket

Siyanda Xulu’s club and international career had reached the point of stagnation and a change needed to be made if the 23 year old was to ensure that his career is back on track before he enters his peak years in two seasons time, spending a season on the bench or starved for first team football was not going to cut it and the journey home seemed to be more of a welcomed revelation than a disappointment for a footballer that had even the great Arsené Wenger raving about his potential after attending a weeklong trial under the watchful eye of the legendary gaffer at the clubs London Colney training ground. While he may have not gone down as the best towering South African central defender to ever play for FC Rostov, Siyanda gained valuable experience from his stay abroad and it only bodes well for his future in football as he has become a better and far more developed footballer because of his experiences. There is no shame in failure, the shame only comes when one never makes an attempt to begin with; Siyanda gave it a good shot at establishing himself as a European level footballer and the dice did not roll his way this time around, Lord willing, the lad will earn another chance at becoming a star overseas and also establish himself as one of the quintessential central defenders in his talented and determined generation of footballers.

Siyanda Xulu

Bio

DoB: December 30th, 1991 (23)

PoB: KwaMashu, Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal; South Africa

Caps & Goals: 4 Caps

Position/s: Stopper Central Defender, Cover Central Defender, Ball-Playing Defender

Height: 1, 89m

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: Kaizer Chiefs

Club Jersey No: #5

Club Appearances & Goals: 110 Apps, 4 Goals

Development Academy: Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns

Former Clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns, FC Rostov

Market Value: R 11 050 000

GSV Deal Grader: Katlego Mphela to SuperSport United from RC Strasbourg (4/5)

FC Rostov and Russian football’s loss has been to the gain of Kaizer Chiefs and Mzansi Diski as one of our prodigal sons return home to open arms as he attempt to rebuild his career and add even more depth while bringing glory to his redeveloping national and club sides. The financial standard of the PSL has continually improved and there will have been no shortage of suitors for Xulu’s signature, Kaizer Chiefs have pulled off a massive signing and they have thrown their name in the hat early for the GSV Golden Cheque award with his marquee signing that promises to keep their fans quiet about losing Tefu for a tad bit. As far as transfer deals go, this could rank as one of the most important signings made by the time we reach the culmination of the forthcoming ABSA Premiership season, one does not need to be blessed with telepathic vision or great hindsight to see good things on the horizon for all parties involved if this deal is anything to go by.