It’s goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs’s 40th birthday and FARPost has come up with 40 interesting facts about the man nicknamed ‘Slim Kat’, born on 19 May 1980.
1. Moeneeb was born in Mitchell’s Plain on the Cape Flats.
2. His name is pronounced Muh’Neeb.
3. He’s a devout Muslim.
4. Moeneeb doesn’t do interviews during Ramadan, a period where Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.
5. A former Duneside Primary and Rocklands High School pupil, Moeneeb was never good at school. “In Grade 10, I was doing all my subjects in one book. So that should tell you everything.”
6. He began his career with Cape Town Spurs at the age of 17, in 1997.
7. Moeneeb spent his youth career at Westdale, Westridge Rovers and Cape Town Spurs.
8. He was seven years old when he started playing football.
9. His grandfather is the one who saw his talent early on, and guided him as a keeper. “My grandfather was a goalkeeper for Baltic Rangers, and my uncles were all goalkeepers,” said Moeneeb.
10. He was healed from asthma earlier in his career.
11. He earned the nickname ‘Slim Kat’, for his acrobatic saves.
12. Moeneeb made his PSL debut on September 7, 1997 for Cape Town Spurs against African Wanderers, a match Spurs won 2-0 away.
13. All his teammates from his first season in the PSL have retired. In his first season, he played with David Modise, Epangala Lokose, Michael Jacobs, Ian Gorowa, Craig Rosslee and Shaun Bartlett, just to mention a few.
14. There are currently 40 players that have featured in the #AbsaPrem this season born after Moeneeb made his debut, including six of his teammates at AmaZulu.
15. He’s played for Cape Town Spurs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits University/Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu.
16. He once said he enjoyed his football career the most at Ajax because of the learning experience.
17. He has 483 PSL appearances to his name.
18. He started 9 matches across all competitions in his first PSL season, with Cape Town Spurs.
19. The goal-minder made his 400th appearance in December 2014 while in the books of Wits against Bloemfontein Celtic, which Wits won 1-0.
20. During his long career, he has won three League titles, twice with Pirates and once with Wits.
21. Josephs has won all trophies offered on the domestic scene, starting with the Rothmans Cup (now the Telkom Knockout) in 2000.
22. He was named the PSL Players’ Player of the Season for the 2002/03 campaign, earning the respect of teammates and opponents, as the award is voted for by the players.
23. Moeneeb was named Pirates’s Player of the Season for the 2009/10 season.
24. He was the PSL’s Goalkeeper of the Season in the 2009/10 campaign.
25. He was the Telkom Knockout Goalkeeper of the Tournament in 2011 during his time as a Buccaneer.
26. Josephs was again the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season while with Wits in the 2014/15 season.
27. On 24 May 2016, he was awarded the Bidvest Wits Chairman’s Award by Dr Brian Joffe.
28. In 2018, he was offered a coaching role by Wits, before deciding to continue playing at AmaZulu.
29. He’s the PSL’s longest-serving player.
30. He trained with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam in 2003, but wasn’t signed.
31. On the international scene, he has 24 Bafana Bafana caps.
32. He made his Bafana debut on 19 July 2003 against Zimbabwe, which SA’s neighbours won 1-0.
33. He was part of Bafana Bafana’s FIFA 2010 World Cup and was in goal when Bafana beat France 2-1 in the group stage, but it wasn’t enough and the hosts were knocked out in the first round.
34. Moeneeb was South Africa’s number one goalkeeper at the 2008 African Cup of Nations replacing the injured Rowen Fernandez.
35. In May 2012, Josephs announced his retirement from international football, before later returning.
36. He was also capped at U17 and U20 level.
37. ‘Slim Kat’ is quite an outspoken character and three years ago, he lambasted the Pirates players for not doing enough for his former club, labeling them “Instagram Stars”.
38. Moeneeb once cried on national TV lamenting a lack of effort from his Wits teammates during the 2016/17 season. “A lot of us we don’t have standard eight and nine certificates but we drive nice cars and we have beautiful houses. This game has been wonderful to us‚ so why don’t we give back to it by putting good performances week in and week out? We are lacking that and that is where the disappointment comes for me‚ we won the league and we should be even more hungrier but we are not there,” said a tearful Moeneeb following a 2-1 defeat to Cape Town City.
39. Moeneeb currently serves as assistant coach to Ayanda Dlamini at AmaZulu. He had never considered being a coach until ‘Usuthu’ asked him to assist.
40. He only made six Absa Premiership appearances for Usuthu last season. He’s AmaZulu’s third choice behind Siyabonga Mbatha and Neil Boshoff.
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