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Kaizer Chiefs legend Thabo Mooki speaks to KICK OFF

Posted: 2 August 2011 Time: 10:12

In the latest issue of KICK OFF, ex-Kaizer Chiefs star Thabo Mooki finally speaks out, after holding his tongue since retiring two years ago.

‘Tsiki-Tsiki’ tells KICK OFF he: “didn’t make a formal announcement that I was retiring from football”.

The former star says he will reveal “everything” about his future in January, but says “it’s not like I’m just sitting – I train with guys like Clint Sephadi.”

Many fans assumed Mooki would slip into the coaching team at Chiefs, but he says: “I don’t want to do something and then realise I have not love for it. I don’t want to do something just because that’s what footballers do when they retire.”

KICK OFF also speaks to Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung about the Mooki benefit match that was touted, but never materialised.

Motaung insists the situation is not the club’s fault: “Our marketing team has always tried to organise the match, but unfortunately [Mooki has] left everything to his managers or agents, and these are the type who make it difficult for us.”

Get the latest KICK OFF (issue 411 – out now!) to read Mooki’s full interview with Zola Doda, where he talks about

  • his close relationship with Scara Ngobese: “I wish he’d realised how good he was”.
  • who he admires in the current Chiefs set-up: “I rate players like George Lebese and Mandla Masango”.
  • Bafana Bafana then and now: “During my time we had Jomo Sono … who was similar to Pitso”.

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Previous comments on this story...

Champ Msholozi
posted: 10:22 am
Tsikitsiki my man, we at kaizer Chiefs are Sorry for the misuse of your Jersey no.12, maybe Bobby will make a Plan to steal Manyisa from the Ghost so he can come wear it
posted: 10:39 am

who he admires in the current Chiefs set-up: “I rate players like George Lebese and Mandla Masango”.

There you go, even Mooki does n't see what u see in Shabba....George is 10x better than Shabba but because he did n't score a WC goal.

Kaka Masango has always been good, its a just a pity VV does n't know how to use him, at Walter stars he was a jem, Give Kaka to Ajax then u will see the real Masango.

posted: 10:43 am
Hay Slanga broer wam, please dont plot our fall. You would kill us if you would take Manyisa. Whats up with Mungomeni?
As for Tsiki I feel shame for him. This is one player that was so loyal to KCFC for years. Good luck to him!
posted: 10:50 am
They don't respect you Thibos. You were forced to retire and they promised to give you a mysterious benefit game. They're pathetic. You should have played for Sundowns in your days and you'd be smiling at the end of each month. Stay strong Thibos. Sundowns and Pirates supporters respect you for the contribution you've made in SA soccer.
posted: 10:52 am
If you don't have stories tell us about the BAFANA team Annouced today please Kickoff.
posted: 11:10 am
For the first time ever I m forced to agree with Nipsy. KO please come up with real stories
posted: 11:13 am
When are u getting ur benefit match kanti? Kaizer promised frm 2005 when u completed ur 15 or 20years at the club bt to this day still nothing?
posted: 11:15 am

This guys is true example that Loyalty does pay.

At his peak, he could have joined Sundowns, now he just selling funeral policies at R45 per policy, mara Chiefs does n't have respect for their own.
posted: 11:33 am
They have been saying that they will organize this match but...
posted: 11:42 am How do u treat one who has served you well like this.

The Zebras PAC, a self pro-claimed most professionally run team in Africa, cant even honour their own.

Mooki should give me a call, i am looking for long distance truck drivers, but the requirements are simple. One needs to be a Orlando Pirates fan.
posted: 11:42 am
@Nipsy & Sean

He he he!!! So KO must not report about Tsitsiki’s so called benefit match that he was promised 10 years back??? KO will exposed the so called “professionalism” at the farm that you always run your mouths yada yading about whilst the actions are contradictory. What kind of a professional would take that long to simply arrange a game???
posted: 12:02 pm
Breaking news

Former Bafana Bafana striker Benni “Magic Feet” McCarthy has joined Orlando Pirates.

Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza and McCarthy’s business manager Rob Moore finalised the transfer in the early hours of this morning.

Khoza is expected to unveil McCarthy at a media briefing in Houghton, Johannesburg, at 12.30pm.

He is likely to make his debut for Pirates in the MTN8 match against Santos at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday night at 8.15pm.
posted: 12:15 pm
They hav done it again! Dumpin players who serve dem with loyality...They did it 2 Marks,Tovey,Teenage,Nzama,Mabedi,Madida..De list is endles
posted: 01:50 pm
kaizer manangement should do something ,about tsiki tsiki benefit match ,this guy served chiefs with distinctions ....he was a very professionay player mr Motaung nd company we need answers.,
Nrb Baloyi
posted: 02:22 pm
Tsiki tsiki deserve better treatment. This is disrespect to one of the greatest soccer personality at Chiefs. He still have my respect untill now even though i am a Pirates supporter.
posted: 02:30 pm
Its always unfotunate 4 S.A legends wen dey retire nothing is done by deir long seving tims,luk at ManU legends wen dey retire dey ar shown respct its a pity 4 Tsiki tsiki
posted: 02:45 pm
Mooik say never want 2 do as the same as other former player who left chiefs.So chiefs technical team still waiting his action 2 see what mooik difference that he want 2 do.To all chiefs haters must not talk nonsense here bcose mooik and boby know wat they are doing .Kgnsi 4 until bucs accept that benni z a dagga player
posted: 03:04 pm
I am a Sundowns supporter but I used to scream my lungs out for Tsikitsiki. What a gem!

The most professionally run club un Africa owes Mooki and the general soccer loving public an explanation. Since when are they afraid to deal with agents? Weren't they (agents) involved in the Parker and Muson deals?
Then again, what do you expect from a cabbage farm, in Naturena Zebra Park? Kenny G has listed some of the many victims.
posted: 04:19 pm
wish u wer of this generation what a great player u wer.chiefs owes u alot sani.tsikitsiki iyoh
posted: 08:37 pm
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