Archive for November, 2012

Born in Katlehong 3 June 1980, Emmanuel Asanda “Scara” “Black Jesus” Ngobese succumbed to death on May 11, 2010. This was after he was diagnosed with TB. Scara was wildly admired for his dribbling skills, Famed and celebrated for his flamboyant style on the pitch the only man to execute the 360° turn and certainly would be rated among the greats who donned the no 11 jersey (Teenage ‘Bostsoso’ Dladla and Joel ‘Ace’ ‘Mkhuthuzi’ Mnini)

Scara played for local clubs in Katlehong before joining Kaizer Chiefs’ youths. When he could not get a place in the chiefs first side he left for Moroka Swallows and later played for a string of clubs Hellenic, Tembisa Classic, Zulu Royals, Thanda Royal Zulu and United FC during his career.  However, he was at his prime when he helped Chiefs to win the championship in 2004/5 season coached by Ted Dumitru.

It’s not a coincidence that the only coach that brought the best out of Scara was Ted Dumitru whom he coached for four years at chiefs, Ted understood the flamboyance and flair of South African players and he incorporated that aspect into his philosophy (Maximal Training) hence even Jabu Pule thrived under Ted.

When Ernest Middendorp took over at chiefs, he did not appreciate what he called ‘showboating’ that lead to Scara leaving chiefs and it is due to the influx of these dimensional coaches in the PSL that saw the talents of Gift ‘Voom Voom’ Leremi, Sipho Nunes, Jabu Pule and Scara not reaching their prime, a true current testament would be Mark Mayambela who is grossly misunderstood as a player and hasn’t featured much for Orlando Pirates despite his ball skills. Is it a coincidence that these frustrated talented players end up wayward and ‘iinkomo’ ziyaphumelela because they can adapt to dimensional football.

For one to experience such pleasure, we have resorted to watch off-season tournaments in the township/s to witness the flamboyance and flair of south african football, even PSL players flock and play in these tournaments as they are not restricted.

Emmanuel Asanda “Scara” “Black Jesus” Ngobese was definitely the last purist of his generation. Perhaps his legacy must be a gentle reminder on how much this country has abundance of talent that needs harnessing and appreciation by the foreign coaches.

R.I.P Mqungebe, Ngobese, Mdlabela, Xongo ka Mdlabela

Quotes

 “I am typical South African player. I know fans pay their money for exciting, winning football so I just kept on dribbling and we kept on winning. It was fantastic”. An elated Scara Ngobese tells Kick Off after the Glamour Boys successfully defended the league title in May 2005.

 

“I remember when i joined United in 2009 for a short spell; he said  “i speak with the ball.” He said the ball doesn”t have “moods” like most girls, it obeys instructions like “okapi” if u are rough with it!!! it will expose u, if u are tender with it!! it will take care of you,. I always try to fight for my teammate by making sure our 11th men in our side, this would pick up even the worst performer of the day”. From Coach Thomas Thema

Tribute to Scara and South African flair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O3XlvwUjqE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arwim9A9-b4