Best of the Best – Thulani Maphosa

Thulani Maphosa is one of the most popular volleyball players to ever don the Highlanders and national team jerseys. He shares his Best of the Best.

Thulani Maphosa
Thulani Maphosa

Best Team played for

Highlanders Volleyball Club. Experienced coach, Rueben Ndebele used to run the side professionally. The side used to be the best defensively and was one of the best teams in the country.

Best Opponents

Bulawayo Raiders. They were the best back in the days and were composed of my former team-mates. Vulindlela Moyo, one of the best coaches ever to emerge from Zimbabwe, led them. They had a fierce attack led by the setter Lovemore Moyo, who combined well with his effective attackers.

Best Venue

The courts at the University of Zimbabwe. That used to be the noisiest venue because of the high turnout from students. It was always tense but inspiring to play in front of such supporters.

Best Match Played

It was a final between the University of Zimbabwe and City of Lusaka in Botswana in 2001. It was a match full of pressure to UZ, the youngest team of the tournament, which was mainly composed of students of an average age of 22 years. I was one of the senior players and we matched eventual champions, City of Lusaka in all aspects and received support from the Botswana supporters due to the flair we exhibited. Nonetheless, we lost 3-2.

Best Volleyball player

Afi Dlamini of the Correctional Sunrise Volleyball Club in Swaziland. She is a very calm, confident and intelligent player who plays a key role in the side. She is a quality leader.

Best local and international volleyball players

I rate Murray Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean playing as an international in Japan, as the best. The most famous volleyball player in the world is easy to pick – Gilberto Amaury de Godoy Filho, better known as ‘Giba’. He plays for Brazil’s men’s volleyball team and he is the best known player in their all-conquering side, which won virtually every major competition from 2001 to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China in 2008.

Best Volleyball side

The side that contested the 1995 All Africa Games that Zimbabwe hosted. We lost the tournament but it was a great experience for the team and the country.

Best Zimbabwean sportsperson

Peter “Nsukuzone” Ndlovu. He remains humble but has achieved a lot in and outside the country. He is an ambassador of sporting success!

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