“Mshini” receives huge boost from CAF Champions League from “Computer”
Ahead of one of the biggest games of his young career and one of the most important in the history of the Kaizer Chiefs, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo received valuable advice from one of Amakhosi’s legends, Vusi ‘Computer’ Lamola.
“Mshini” is one of the young members of the Chiefs squad who travels to Morocco this weekend for the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Casablanca.
This is the furthest that the Amakhosi have progressed in the continental competition of Africa’s flagship clubs, and Ngcobo received the perfect mental and spiritual boost from a talented midfielder from Amakhosi of old at Lamola.
âWe were born with the love of football, it’s something that is in us. But all our generation has is because of your generation. You paved the way for us and you fought for us. It is because of the hard work and sacrifices of your generation that things are easier for us, âNgcobo warmly told Lamola, genuinely excited and privileged to absorb all the knowledge and advice he could. former statesman of Amakhosi.
In turn, Lamola clearly enjoyed interacting with one of the brightest young players of the current Amakhosi generation.
âIt’s a pleasure and an honor to meet you, you have all the potential. I’ve read so much about you and here we are in physical contact. It is important and imperative to bridge the gap between the young and the old. History does not belong to the past, it is a center of resources. The past, present and future are inseparable and it is an honor to share some of my experience and knowledge with you, âLamola told Ngcobo at a special meeting facilitated by KCTV to mark Youth Day.
Lamola joined the Chiefs in May 1971 and had a fantastic eight years at the club, annexing trophy after trophy, including the Chiefs’ first league title in 1974.
Passing through the Kaizer Chiefs village in Naturena, Lamola marveled at the modern facilities, a far cry from the club’s beginnings.
âIn our time, there were no changing rooms, we played on gravel. After the games, we used to swim at home. Looking at the village now, the club has gone from one extreme to the other, in terms of the improvements brought about by the political transformation. Apartheid was bad, it was a terrible system, and it was fought in various ways. We fought against that on the football field, âexplains Lamola.
âResources were limited back then, football was a cheap sport and from its humble beginnings it has grown into a huge industry. But for our people, football was their first religion, if not their second. That’s how we fell in love with the game, and we loved entertaining people through tough times, âadded Lamola.
‘Computer’ regaled Ngcobo with the phenomenal talent of former Chiefs midfielders such as Ace Ntsoelengoe and Teenage Dladla, “who were unlocking very tight defenses with their extraordinary skill.”
It may be early in his career with the Chiefs, but Ngcobo has proven to be a key member of the Chiefs squad this season and his ‘X factor’, energy and skills may well be essential against the tough Moroccans.
âI am very happy to have arrived so far with the team in the CAF Champions League. I think we’ve done really well as a team to get to this point. We are looking to add value to what the club and players like Bra Vusi have done for Kaizer Chiefs in the past. Now we have to play our part and make sure we leave our own mark in the history of this club, and we are very motivated and determined to do so against Wydad, âsaid Ngcobo.
Lamola urged Ngcobo and the Amakhosi to approach the enormous task that awaits them with unity of purpose and assured them that all club fans and all Chiefs players from previous generations are right behind them.
âIf you want to run fast, you run alone. If you want to run far, run with others. Together, everyone achieves more. If you approach the game against Wydad as a united force, you will reach the final and even walk away with the trophy. Oneness is strength and as a united force you will win. We will keep you in our prayers and we are right behind you, âsays Lamola.