Jomo Cosmos Assistant Coach, and former Sihlangu and Jomo Cosmos striker, Siza ‘King Pele’ Dlamini has made the cut for COSAFA’s all-time top 10 legends.
COSAFA is the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations. Siza was a dazzling forward for Sihlangu in the COSAFA Castle Cup in the late 90s and early 2000s in a team that included the likes of Dennis ‘Yuki’ Masina, Jerry ‘Mbazo’ Gamedze, Bongani ‘Ndezi’ Masangane, Sibusiso ‘Spoko’ Dlamini, Sipho ‘Shilton’ Dube and others.
Notably, the COSAFA tournament was tough to negotiate in those days as other countries also had good players. Zimbabwe had a well decorated striker in Peter Ndlovu, Angola had Fabrice Akwa, Mozambique had a dominant Manuel ‘Tico Tico’ Bucuane, while South Africa fielded the likes of Pollen Ndlanya, Jerry Skhosana, Thabo Mngomeni, the late Lesley Manyathela, and other top players.
Lesotho paraded Bloemfontein Celtic stalwart defender Lehlohonolo Seema, while Botswana fielded the likes of Dipsy Selolwane and others.
COSAFA recognizes Siza in fourth place, just below South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs’ legend goal-keeper Brian Baloyi.
Sihlangu’s coach, Anthony Mdluli said this was an encouragement to current youngsters to grab the opportunity with both hands when they are selected to play in the COSAFA Cup. He said Siza deserved such an accolade because he was very disciplined and hardworking professional player.
“Whenever Siza played he showed a high level of commitment. Outside the field he also carried himself well. He was a good role model all round for youngsters to emulate,” he said.
Source: Times of Swaziland