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Sport - Date: 10 October 2020
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 1736
Many a local soccer connoisseur will remember the name Kaizer Madula. At the height of his soccer career, he was a marvel to watch, playing for teams such as Maebane Aces United and Shayandima Bob’s Stars.
Today, Madula is a teacher by profession. He still ploughs his knowledge back into the younger generation, encouraging future stars to chase their dreams. To him, discipline is the key to success. “Those who have talent, balance your football career with education. You do not play football until you die.”
He also believes that future sport stars must choose their path carefully and stick to that. “Alcohol and drugs are not part of soccer. The chances of success are at your door,” he said.
When asked about his own football career, he answered that his journey had been a long and fulfilling one. He started playing for Maebane Aces United in 1976 and quickly made a name for himself as striker. His teammates included names such as Salani ”Six” Sikhwari, Ephraim “Doctor” Thovhei, Simon “Aces” Mushwana and many more.
After completing his Standard 10 (now Grade12), he went to Tshisimani College of Education. This was also when he was recruited to join Shayandima Bob’s Stars. Here he played with the likes of Nanana Masase, Ivy Mathuba, and many more.
Asked about his most feared opponents, he recalled playing against the late Innocent “Tornado” Mulaudzi of Tshiozwi Dynamos, Joseph “Mari Maria” Maphaha of Muduluni Young Chiefs and Samuel “Zokwe” Ratombo of Tshikota Family Black Stars.
Madula was selected to play for the Venda Squad (homeland team) during the TBVC-states games. Here he played alongside Jerico Murulana, Tshisa Madima, Aces Ramabulana, Maria Maria Maphaha and many more.
Local soccer lovers fondly remember the skills of Kaizer Madula.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.