Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tinashe “The General” Nengomasha has been named in the club’s all-time best players to have taken part in the highly rated Soweto derby.
The Soweto derby is South Africa’s most fierce club rivalry which pits Kaizer Chiefs and old nemesis Orlando Pirates.
According to South Africa’s well-respected football magazine KickOff, Nengomasha is one of the players that have been outstanding for Kaizer Chiefs whenever they are playing their city rivals.
The magazine’s Derby Eleven Par Excellence article published yesterday listed 11 players that have been exceptional for Amakhosi since the first match between the two Soweto giants.
KickOff’s analysis came in the wake of the Soweto derby tomorrow when the two giants go head to head in the MTN8 final where the winner will go away with a cool R8 million.
Interestingly enough, The General is the only foreign player in the team that includes Chiefs and South Africa’s all-time soccer greats like Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo, Teenage Dladla, Ace Ntseolengoe and Marks Maponyane.
Also included in the team is current Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, former SA national team coach Neil Tovey and Johannes “Ryder” Mofokeng.
However, it is the inclusion of Nengomasha in that special group of players who have sparked in one of the viciously contested derby in the continent, which will be of keen interest to Zimbabweans.
The General has risen to become one of the most influential players at Amakhosi since he joined the Soweto giants in 2002.
A virtually unknown quantity when he joined from Black Aces, Nengomasha was dubbed by South African newspapers as the worst foreign player in his debut season.
However, in the following season, Nengomasha won the admiration of the usually hard-to-please hardcore Chiefs fans and was nicknamed “The General” for his ability to marshal the midfield.
His watershed season though came in the 2003-2004 period when he played a big hand in guiding Chiefs to the Premier league title and was rewarded for his efforts as he was named the PSL’s Players’ Player and more importantly, the Footballer of the Year for that season.
Nengomasha has also become a very integral part in Norman Mapeza’s Wariors’ team in their late charge for a ticket to the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals.
KickOff’s Derby Eleven Par Excellence: Kaizer Chiefs team.
Goalkeeper: Itumeleng Khune, Right-back: Johannes “Ryder” Mofokeng, Left-back: Rudolf Seale, Central defenders: Neil Tovey and Lucas Radebe, Central midfielders: Tinashe Nengomasha and Thabo Mooki, Right-winger: Doctor Khumalo, Left-winger: Teenage Dladla, Strikers: Ace Ntseolengoe and Marks Maponyane.