PSL star idolizes late Scara Ngobese

Emulating the Dribbling Maestro: Xolani Nkala’s Inspiration

A rising star in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has recently revealed his football role model, none other than the late Emmanuel ‘Scara’ Ngobese, the renowned dribbling wizard for Kaizer Chiefs.

Known as ‘The Black Jesus,’ Ngobese left an indelible mark with his mesmerizing skills, particularly under the guidance of the late coach Ted Dumitru.

Representing Bafana Bafana, Ngobese tragically succumbed to tuberculosis just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Ngobese’s Legacy and Playing Style

Ngobese, donning the iconic number 11 jersey, played a crucial role in securing back-to-back league triumphs for Chiefs during the 2003/4 and 2004/5 seasons.

His left-footed prowess and dazzling moves on the field entertained fans, making him a legend of South African football.

However, his style, marked by shibobos, tsamayas, and ‘show-me-your-number’ skills, drew both admiration and criticism.

Blackberry Nkala Acknowledges His Idol

In a recent interview with FARPost, Xolani ‘Blackberry’ Nkala, a midfielder for the Motsepe Foundation Championship side JDR Stars, openly declared Ngobese as his inspiration.

Renowned for his own showboating skills, Blackberry expressed admiration for Ngobese’s exceptional talent, believing he can emulate and reach that level of greatness.

The 27-year-old dreams of becoming one of South Africa’s best players, appreciating Ngobese for showcasing the impact of a unique style of play.

Aspiring to Wear the Kaizer Chiefs Jersey

Despite supporting Orlando Pirates, Nkala shared his long-standing desire to play for Kaizer Chiefs, fueled by Ngobese’s legacy with the team.

While acknowledging Chiefs’ professionalism, he emphasized that his playing style aligns well with the club’s ethos.

Reflecting on Ngobese’s freedom to express himself on the field, Nkala believes that he, too, can contribute significantly with his distinctive style.

Nkala’s Football Journey and Ambitions

Nkala’s professional career began at Mbombela United in the 2017/2018 Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign.

His standout performances, notably with AT Mambas FC in the DStv Champ of Champs editions, paved the way for his football journey.

Having also featured for Tshakhuma Tsha Madivhandila in the PSL, Nkala is determined to carve his path to success, inspired by the late Scara Ngobese.

Story by Clifton Mabasa

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