Moses Maluleke.Photo supplied.
When one talks about local and professional football in the Vhembe region, the name of Moses “Bra Moss” Maluleke must be mentioned.
Maluleke started playing soccer in the early 70s and was the co-founder of Mbokota United Stars. He retired from football in 1977 after an injury. He then started focusing on coaching the club that he had helped start.
“I wrote my first introductory coaching course in 1987 under the late Teddy Dumitree. In 1988, I became the chairperson of the Hlanganani Local Football Association, and in 1989 I became the President of the Gazankulu Football Association,” he recalls.
When the Venda and Gazankulu football associations merged in 1991 to become the Great North East Region, Maluleke was appointed as an additional member. The same year he was also appointed as a regional league coach. He produced a player such as Khiphitheni Matombo, who played for the national U/23 team.
In 1993, Maluleke completed his Level One coaching course. In 1995, he was appointed as head coach of Musina Kaizer XI and he coached players such as Joel “Ace” Mnini, Andrew Rabutla and many more. He was recruited in 1995 to be assistant coach of Rabali Black Pool, and he recommended Andrew Rabutla to Black Pool. He coached players such as Mike Maringa, Mpagi Merikana, Mike Rapatsa and many more. In 1996, he was appointed as an assistant coach of Dynamos FC, a position he held until 2000.
Maluleke was an executive member of Safa Vhembe, and in 2005 he was given the status of honorary president of the association.
As assistant coach for Dynamos, he worked with coaches such as Owen Da Gama, Walter Routman and many more. He coached players such as Cyril Zama, Vincent Sokhela, Jabulani Mendu, Magic Ratshivhadelo, Links Ragimana and many more.
While serving as coach, he also worked for the Department of Health as an administrator.
In 2011, he was appointed as an administrator of Safa Vhembe to deal with the problems that were there, and in 2016 he was appointed as an administrator of the Thulamela Local football Association, also to deal with the problems that were there.
He is currently a ward councillor in the Makhado Municipality.
Date:26 September 2020 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.