Register Login Scores

Fan Park

The Best Of Mzansi's Old Nicknames

What makes South African football special are the nicknames that the fans and media dub on the players in the league, but which ones were the best? 

Over the years, some colourful nicknames have emerged and they have often stuck… Here are some of the best from past players…

Steve 'Kalamazoo' Mokone – This nickname was inherited after the hit song, 'I've got a girl in Kalamazoo'.

Amos 'Heel Extension' Mkhari– This became famous for his use of back-heel corners.

Ephraim 'The Black Prince' Sono– Known for more than one nickname, which saw Jomo become his inherited first name thanks to the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, he was labeled the Black Prince during his participation in the Black Consciousness movement.  

Other nicknames include 'Troublemaker', 'Mjomana' and 'BraJ’. 

Andrew 'Jesus Christ' Karajinsky – with flowing black hair accompanied with a thick beard, Karajinksy was handed this nickname due to his presence in the Pirates midfield and his similarities to Jesus.

Jabu 'Shuffle the Pack' Mahlangu– Previously known as Jabu Pule, the trickster’s name came from his famous Shuffle move he pulled off on the field.  He was also known as 'Ngwana wa Tswenya' as well as 'Lost and Found'.

Kaizer 'Chincha Guluva' Motaung– The Chiefs legend earned his nickname due to his skills on the park. Chincha Guluva is roughly translated to 'dribbling wizard'. 

Linda 'Mercedez Benz' Buthelezi– Buthelezi’s nickname came via South Africa’s Big Dog, Clive Barker… This was due to him being a hard-man on the field, which compared to stability and safety of a Merc. 

Vusi ‘Computer’ Lamola– This was due to Lamola’s brain and feet being programmed to being quick thinking and fast – just like a computer…

There are plenty of others we can add to these list of veterans… who was your favourite?

133 comments

Top 5

Breaking: CAS Release Chiefs FIFA Ban Verdict

205 Oct 27, 2020 06:10 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Messi Sends Message To Ronaldo

16 Oct 25, 2020 08:30 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Sundowns Agree Deal In Principle For Defender

40 Oct 27, 2020 10:48 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

27 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Why Chiefs Can Register New Players – This Season!

34 Oct 28, 2020 06:33 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Set Record Straight On Mido!

32 Oct 27, 2020 01:15 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Furious Ronaldo Breaks Silence After Latest Positive COVID-19 Test

10 Oct 28, 2020 03:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Breaking: CAS Release Chiefs FIFA Ban Verdict

205 Oct 27, 2020 06:10 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Hunt Hails 'Outstanding' Young Chiefs Star

84 Oct 27, 2020 10:34 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Downs Set Record Straight On Mido!

32 Oct 27, 2020 01:15 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

NPA's Latest Update On Lorch’s Court Case!   

17 Oct 27, 2020 05:33 PM in Orlando Pirates

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

3 Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Maritzburg Confirm Coaching Exit

5 Oct 27, 2020 03:31 PM in PSL