Cosafa Castle Cup Legends

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CONGO HINDJOU (NAMIBIA)
Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou is a hugely respected former Namibia international who played in all of the first six COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments between 1997 and 2003.
The midfielder netted twice in Namibia’s first ever appearance in the competition, a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe in 1997, and bagged another that year in a 4-1 success against Malawi.
The following year he played in Namibia’s famous 3-2 success over South Africa and scored in a 1-1 draw with eventual champions Zambia.
Hindjou won the Namibian league title with both Liverpool Okahandja and Civics, and represented his country at the 1998 African Nations Cup finals. He has later coached Okahandja Spoilers and Eleven Arrows.

DIPSY SELOLWANE (BOTSWANA)
Selolwane is a legend in Botswana having spent 13 years as a crucial cog in The Zebras midfield.
Having come through the ranks at hometown club Gaborone United, Selolwane moved to Denmark to play for Vejle BK, and then the United States where he represented Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.
He moved to South Africa in 2005 and was a hit for Santos, Jomo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town, SuperSport United and the University of Pretoria.
Selolwane featured in six COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments, the first in 1999 and the last in 2006. His debut in the competition saw him score in a 2-1 loss to South Africa.

ROTSON KILAMBE (ZAMBIA)
Kilambe played for Zambia at the 1998 and 2000 African Nations Cup finals and would also have a trophy-laden club career at home, in South Africa and China.
He won Man of the Match in his debut in the COSAFA Castle Cup in a 1-0 win over Malawi in 1998, and later grabbed the goal that took Chipolopolo to the trophy win that year against Zimbabwe.
He also bagged a brace and another Man of the Match prize in 2002 in victory over Mozambique.
Kilambe turned out for South African giants Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, as well as Bloemfontein Celtic, with who he won the top eight competition.
He was also a Zambia league winner with Zanaco in 2002, the year in which he finished as the league’s top-scorer.

TINASHE NENGOMASHA (ZIMBABWE)
Nengomasha spent a decade running the midfield for South African giants Kaizer Chiefs and was also a key part of the Zimbabwe side that qualified for the 2004 and 2006 African Nations Cup finals.
Nengomasha won the Cosafa Under-20 Championship in 2001, and helped Zimbabwe claim the senior title in 2003, before also appearing in 2004.
He had come through the ranks at Black Aces and Motor Action in Zimbabwe, before joining Chiefs in 2001 and staying until he won a move to BidVest Wits in 2012.
He claimed the 2003/04 Player of the Season prize in the South African Premier Soccer League, and won numerous trophies while on the books of AmaKhosi.

SIZA DLAMINI (SWAZILAND)
Dlamini is a legend in Swaziland and played in a whopping nine COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments between 1997 and 2007, missing out only in 2005 and 2006.
He netted the first goal in a famous 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe in 2002, and later that year also netted against South Africa, though Swaziland lost that game 4-1.
Dlamini also found the back of the net in a 2-0 win over Madagascar the following year.
He made his name at Mbabane Swallows in Swaziland, and played in South Africa for a number of clubs, most notably Lamontville Golden Arrows and Jomo Cosmos, where he remains assistant coach to another legend, Jomo Sono.

LEHLOHONOLO SEEMA (LESOTHO)
Seema is a former stalwart of the Lesotho national side, who is the current caretaker coach at South African Bloemfontein Celtic, where he also spent many years as a player.
The defender played in eight COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments between 1998 and 2006, and had a decade in all with the national side.
He played for Chelsea FC, Matlama FC and Bantu FC in Lesotho before winning a move to Celtic in 1998 on the back of his COSAFA Castle Cup showing, and he spent six seasons in the Free State.
He later joined Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, where he played for another five years that included a loan spell with Mpumalanga Black Aces.

BRIAN BALOYI (SOUTH AFRICA)
Baloyi is a former goalkeeper who was a huge star with South African giants Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, as well as the national team.
He won 10 trophies in a glittering club career, but also had 12 years with the South African national side, which included appearances in the COSAFA Castle Cup in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2005, when he was captain.
Nicknamed ‘Spider’, he was one of the finest keepers of his generation and also won the African Cup Winners’ Cup with Chiefs in 2001. He played for AmaKhosi between 1993 and 2004, before leaving to join rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, where he played until 2010.

TICO-TICO (MOZAMBIQUE)
Manuel José Luís Bucuane, universally known as Tico-Tico, is a former Mozambique international and one of the greatest strikers his country has ever produced.
Tico-Tico played in a record nine COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments over an 11-year period that makes him one of the competition’s greats, even if he could never quite steer Mozambique to the coveted title.
He made 22 COSAFA Castle Cup appearances in all, netting nine goals in the process, and became one of the most feared strikers in the competition.
He played for Estrela da Amadora in Portugal before joining South African side Jomo Cosmos for the first of three spells in 1997.
He also played for Tampa Bay Mutiny in the USA, as well as South African PSL clubs SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United.