Why Zimbabweans and Zambians make it in SA
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained why players from Zimbabwe and Zambia are usually successful in the PSL.
Tinashe Nengomasha, Robson Muchichwa, Innocent Chikoya, Esrom Nyandoro, Kaitano Tembo, Khama Billiat and Charles Yohane are just some of the Zimbabwean players who made their mark in local football, while the likes of Isaac Chansa, James Chamanga, Collins Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo, Kennedy Mweene and the late Dennis Lota are just a few Zambians to light up the PSL.
A lot of the players from Zimbabwe and Zambia grow up watching PSL football and dream of playing in the league. So when they get the opportunity they try to make the most of it so that they can change the lives of their families back home.
“It’s not Zambia only, it’s SADC [Southern African Development Community]. Zimbabwe have the same thing; Khama, [Cuthbert] Malajila, [Evans] Rusike [and] Knowledge Musona. We produce those type of players [in the SADC region],” Mosimane said recently when he was asked about the combination of Orlando Pirates’ Zambian duo Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga.
“When you get players from West Africa they are slow, they use the body. They are tall and physical. It’s not the same as SADC I would say.”
The former Bafana Bafana added: “I think it’s the same when you go to the UK. The Welsh, Scottish and Irish it’s home for them. If you go to North Africa … Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco it’s the same.”
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