"Chippa" is in the house, and is answering your questions!
Allen,Kaboyellow – Phil, you left a legacy that will forever be in South African soccer's history books, thanks for the patriotism you showed during your time. What's the difference between our current strikers to the class of '96 strikers?
PM: In those days, we had an abundance of strikers in the national team and those players were the top goalscorers in their own teams. The competition was high in terms of selecting strikers. In the national team, there was Daniel "Mambush" Mudau, myself, and Shaun Bartlett, and out there we had the likes of Fani Madida, Pollen Ndlanya, and Jerry Sikhosana, who were still part of the national team and could be called upon.
Mentashe – When are we seeing the outcome of the SAB talent that you were working on?
PM: Let's just say next year.
Khoza-Force-me-out – What are your views on Shakes Mashaba's team selections? Are we struggling because we use players incorrectly, or do we not have the quality in SA anymore?
PM: I think there's a lot of talent, but it has to do with the attitude of the players. Our players are not aiming high. We don't see more of our players going overseas and playing at the highest level, although we have players from other countries who come through our leagues and go abroad. Most of our players are comfortable playing in the PSL.
LAPO_MOLEBATSI – Chippa, you are tall and bulky, unlike our current strikers. Do you their lack of height somehow count negatively against them?
PM: We do have the likes of Gabuza, who has the height. We also have Kermit Erasmus, who was doing very well for his team before going overseas. There is Prince Nxumalo, who I think can do well internationally if given a chance. The young Bidvest Wits striker, Phakamani Mahlambi, I see him as a future Bafana prospect. So it's not a matter of height. It just goes with how much they need it and how much they're prepared to fight.
Shabza26 – Currently, who is/are your favourite player/s?
PM: Kermit Erasmus is one of them. Phakamani Mahlambi, William Twala, Prince Nxumalo and Tokelo Rantie too.
Stay tuned for Part 2!