Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, James Mayinga has reminisced about former teammates who he described as some of the craziest players from his days in the PSL.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma in edition 962, Mayinga recalled some characters from his illustrious football career.
“Characters I encountered in football were Benedict Vilakazi, Joseph Makhanya, Bennett Chenene and Mpho Maleka.
"During the week, ‘Tso’ liked ‘selecting’ the team and telling us who was going to play. He’d say, “In terms of the goalkeepers, let me see, Brian Baloyi, doesn’t look good… I’ll put in Calvin Marlin.
"At left back there’s Innocent Mdledle, but eish… he thinks he’s a star. James can pass well, but eish… I have my doubts.
"I’ll put Esrom Nyandoro in midfield to mark for me. I’ll see which mbungulu (donkey) will play upfront so that I can play one-twos with him and score, " Mayinga added.
Mayinga also shared some moments from his days at the Dube Birds as well as how the legendary Suprise Moriri used to get on his case.
"Makhanya used to tease Shere Lekgothoane and me about competing for the same position in the team while also attending the same church, ha, ha!
"Surprise just enjoyed teasing players. You couldn’t make a mistake in front of him. I liked using a bar of Sunlight soap in the shower, while the other guys were using fancy stuff like body lotion and shower gel. He had a lot of fun with that! I’m still a Sunlight man to this day, ha, ha," Mayinga said.
The Polokwane-born player concluded with his days at The Clever Boys following his move from Dobsonville.
"At Bidvest Wits, the guys were scared of Aaron Mokoena because he was a senior player but I was always on his case. He always wanted to share a room with a young player because then he’d have someone to do everything for him," Mayinga told Soccer Laduma.
Get Soccer Laduma's latest edition, issue 962 now, to hear more of Mayinga’s funny stories in the Still In Touch With feature.