Story Behind My Nickname: Mashwabana


In this edition of Story Behind My Nickname, the legendary Teboho Moloi details how he got his popular nickname "Mashwabana".

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"My nickname comes from that era when the fashion dress code was dominated by linen shirts and trousers," Moloi tells

"Then again Phil Jones Setshedi (former Pirates assistant coach and team manager) used to work at Deans and they used to have a lot of beautiful clothes there.

"So after games at Orlando me and the likes of 'Bashin' Mahlangu we would be dressed in those linen pants and shirts you see, 'Bashin' was the one actually who influenced me to wear abo mashwabana. They were the in-thing in those days.

"So that made people feel like ngi shwabanisa abantu. That is where my name came from, the dress sense was abo mashwabana.

"You see those days our nicknames were more influenced by music artists, trendsetters and clothing because Pirates is followed by a lot of celebrities and trendsetters."

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