“We played a friendly match against Cosmos where we gave them a tough time and that’s where Bra J recruited me. He actually thought that I was a foreigner only to find that I am from Polokwane. He was surprised when he approached me to find out that I speak Sepedi.
“I enjoyed my time at Cosmos where we won trophies like the Bob Save Super Bowl, Coca-Cola Cup two times and the SAA Supa8 and we had a very good team at that time.
“He made me captain when Collen Ntlemo left. We had players like Avril Phali, Paul Evans, Macbeth Sibaya, Teboho Mokoena, Godfrey Sapula, Lebo Morula, Tico-Tico Bucuane, Benjamin Mwaruwari, Chris Katongo, Anthony Laffor and Mamadou Diallo.
“Young players who came through were Innocent Ntsume, Dikgang Mabalane, Lucky Mhlathe, Bamuza Sono, Nkosinathi Nhleko, Thabang Molefe and Morgan Gould.”
When he retired from playing Rabutla, who was part of the Bafana Bafana team that played at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso under Sono and Trott Moloto, became team manager of Cosmos.
“When I retired after 14 years at the club in 2008, Bra J asked me to help to him to run the club and I was team manager for about 10 years.”
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