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Few will doubt that lionheart Tau is the IT guy right now

21 January 2018 - 00:00 By BARENG-BATHO KORTJAAS

Somebody sent me a picture. Not nudes you muppet. I never R.E.Q.U.S.T.E.D any.
The picture had two people, accompanied by the caption: Once upon a time.
Huh, huh, curb your fertile imagination. It was not an old squeeze engaging in a futile exercise of navel gazing. The two people in the picture are players but not the kind that play the up close and personal game for two on R Kelly's Bump n' Grind.
In motion are the people in the picture, so close to each other, wowing the world with their wonderful talent. Today they are worlds apart. Literally and figuratively.
One is Portuguese. Another is South African. One stands on the stratosphere of their chosen profession while the other is making do in the lower division.
The two people in this picture are Cristiano Ronaldo, in the Valentine red and white of Manchester United, and Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela, clad in the blue and white of Tottenham Hotspur.
We had great hope for Old-John, the youngest player to captain Orlando Pirates to a Premier Soccer League title. The youngest player to marshal the Bafana Bafana forces as their captain at age 22. I speak of the man from Maritzburg who marked his debut in the English Premier League by banging a 25-metre belter to help Spurs beat Leicester City 2-1 in 2003.
If memory serves me well, that screamer secured the goal of the week accolade and announced his arrival in spectacular fashion.

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