By [email protected] (Mahlatse Mphahlele)
Growing up in Musina, Limpopo, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau was in awe of the late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star striker Lesley “Slow Poison” Manyathela.
Manyathela, who died in a car crash in 2003, was making waves with the Buccaneers, and his exploits impressed Mudau so much that he wanted to become a professional footballer like his homeboy.
As Sundowns prepared to take on Seychelles minnows La Passe in their low-key Caf Champions League, second round qualifier at Loftus on Sunday, Mudau recalled how Manyathela inspired him.
“I think Lesley was the one because I used to watch him a lot when he came back home to play because we are from the same hometown,” said 27-year-old Mudau, established as one of the key players for the Brazilians since he joined almost two years ago.