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Moosa: He Just Turned Around And Punched Me!

Zane Moosa is in the building, and is answering your questions! Today, he discusses his most embarrassing moments, the difference between playing for Sundowns and Chiefs, and what it was like playing kasi flavour football in a predominantly white team.

What was your most embarrassing moment in the PSL? – ReggyMC

Zane Moosa: Eish, there were a few. One was when I was playing for Cali in Durban in 1993, against Sundowns. One of my teammates, Calvin Peterson, was running in my way, obstructing my view. I told him, in Afrikaans, he was in my way, and then I lost the ball. He turned around and gave me a punch, and then got a red card. It was live on TV as well!

The other was when we were playing Chiefs in a Top 8 final in 1992. I made a dash to meet a free-kick and Fani Madida was on my back the whole game, "chirping" me and telling me things, and things got pretty heated on television The camera caught me going for him, so that was embarrassing.

"Koloi ya bakgatla", you played for both Sundowns and Chiefs in the 1990s. Both are big teams. Which one did you enjoy your stay at the most? – TsietsoMocha

ZM: They were different clubs. My time at Chiefs was very short. But I grew up supporting Chiefs as a youngster, I played for them more to see just how it was. When I was young, Teenage Dladla was my hero so I just wanted to wear the same jersey as him. Sundowns were the team I played the longest for, and it's where people know me from, where I was Footballer of the Year, and where we won the league, etc. And I played with such great players there. It was a team bursting with talent. We also had players who were great midfielders and great finishers.

You played for Wits University in the '80s when the side was predominantly white. How did you fit into this team, especially as you played typical township football? – TrevorBaker

ZM: To be honest, I think I played my best football at Wits. At that time, I enjoyed myself the most, in the sense that they gave me freedom to play. In those days, it was a very white team and they used to play very direct from set-pieces, etc. There was not a lot of creativity so they gave that role to me, to be free, and they did the man-marking for me, so I think that's where I played my best football. I think it's also where there was less politics. I started at U16 level at Wits and actually played my first game when I was 17, against Chiefs, against Teenage Dladla. At Sundowns, I played more as a wing; at Wits I was involved. I was young then, and had a lot of speed. When we played Pirates and Chiefs, their fans used to cheer me because they liked the way I played.

They realized I was a different kind of player and they saw my potential.

I had no problem fitting in. I am Indian, but because of my complexion I was white as well, and I grew up playing black soccer, so I'm as rainbow as it gets! I'm waiting to see someone more Rainbow Nation than me!

Stay tuned to Supporters Club for more of Moosa's answers to your questions!

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