Nzenza: There's no value in Chiefs jersey


This week's Throwback Thursday is former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pitshou Kanga Nzenza, who counts a defeat in which he scored against Orlando Pirates as one of his treasured memories.

Nzenza arrived in South Africa from Zaire (now DR Congo) to play for Amakhosi in the 1990s and also turned out for Dynamos and Tembisa Classic.

The 46-year-old explains how his move to Chiefs came about all those years ago.

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"Kaizer Chiefs were interested in me and gave me an opportunity of a match test. My first game was BP Top 8 versus Umtata Bush Bucks. It was so cold I started on the bench, and after coming on I really warmed the defence and we won 2-1," he tells

"I enjoyed my football at Kaizer Chiefs because of the good environment I found, everything was smooth. Coaches Augusto Palacios, whom I rate very highly, and 'Mr Smart Clean' Trott Moloto with a bunch of players such as Doc Khumalo, Neil Tovey, Botende Eshele and many more. The competition to play was very intense.

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"Memorable game was Kaizer Chiefs versus Orlando, I scored against William Okpara in the very first minute but we lost 2-1, and Chiefs versus Moroka Swallows, we won 2-1.

"A counter-attack was sent to me, with two defenders on me. I dribbled them each more than two times, and I shot the ball, hit the two posts and it went out, and people celebrated it like a goal!"

Nzenza says the highest salary he earned playing football in South Africa was R5 000 a month at Chiefs, and says his biggest achievements were when he played two cup finals – the BP Top 8 and Coca-Cola Cup.

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"I still keep my medals very well," he says.

"I retired in the 1999/00 season at Cartago FC in Costa Rica. Things didn't go well after so much dispute about money transfer, with so-called bad managers seeking to gain more money and destroying people's careers."

What is he doing these days to put food on the table?

"I'm an elder in Word Of Life Assembly, sharing and doing the word of God, helping the young generations in sports. I'm a fitness trainer and advisor to Ricky Misholas, a heavyweight in EFC MMA, and many more fighters.

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"I'm married to Mrs Angela Kanga, my wife is a hairstylist. We have two wonderful kids, Prince Isaac Kanga, almost two years old, and Princess Phicalyna Jemima, five months old. We are surviving with God on our side but any good work opportunity is welcome."

And his thoughts on the current Kaizer Chiefs team?

"Honestly there is no good football to watch. I'm training and helping young strikers how to cool down inside the box... and so many average players playing for Amakhosi, there's no more value to wear the Kaizer Chiefs jersey."

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