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By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Jul 09, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

STEVE "Stimela" Mnguni was a man of many talents.

STEVE "Stimela" Mnguni was a man of many talents.

Mnguni, 52, of 1388 Zone 1, Diepkloof, succumbed to TB last Friday. He made a name for himself playing for Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. After hanging-up his soccer boots, Mnguni pursued a career in music, largely due to the influence of Sello "Chico" Twala.

In soccer circles, Mnguni is credited with nurturing the talents of soccer players Teko "General" Modise and Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi.

Mnguni took Modise to the now-defunct Ria Stars after Twala became involved with the Seshego-based side.

"Steve came with Teko, who was then a young boy, and introduced him to us. Teko played in our development ranks and later graduated to the senior team," said Ria Ledwaba, former Stars co-director.

A childhood friend of former Bafana Bafana star John "Shoes" Moshoeu and Mike "Sporo" Mangena, Mnguni was also involved in the music industry, co-starring in Twala's best-selling DVD My Lotto Ticket.

Mnguni released his debut album Siyabangena under his stage name, Khumza Khumalo. Friend Bereng Kholoane said: "We have lost a great man of many talents."

Soweto Football Association chairperson Phil "Chippa" Mogodi said: "Bra Steve helped us develop the game, especially in the Diepkloof area."

Mnguni, also known as Stevovo, was born in Sophiatown. His funeral service will start at 8am tomorrow at Diepkloof Hall. The cortege will leave for Westpark Cemetery at 11am.


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