The twin brothers that graced South African football

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Over the years, we have seen quite a big number of siblings play professional football as well as sons who have emulated their fathers in becoming footballers.

But twins in football are few and far between. However, a few of them have graced the South African football scene.

FARPost looks at some of the football twins to play football in SA leagues.

William and Wilfred Mugeyi

Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, William and Wilfred Mugeyi joined then topflight side Umtata Bush Bucks in 1993 and set the SA football scene alight for almost a decade.

Affectionately known as ‘Silver Fox’, Wilfred was arguably the most talented of the identical twins. During the 1996/97 PSL season, Wilfred proved to be a nightmare for defenders scoring 22 league goals and four in cup competitions in 27 games.

He won three accolades that season; PSL Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and the Top Scorer gong.

Wilfred went on to play for overseas sides, Maccabi Haifa in Israel and a Chinese club, Shenyang Haishi. The former Zimbabwe striker then retired in 2007 after playing for Ajax Cape Town and Free State Stars to start his coaching career.

On the other hand, his twin William was defending goals but was known to score directly from corner kicks. William enjoyed his time at Bush Bucks having spent 12 years at the club making close to 300 appearances.

Neil and Ivan Winstanley

The Winstanley twins came to the attention of the SA football fans when they burst onto the scene at Bidvest Wits. Both were defenders and played alongside each other at Wits where they proved to be a good pair at the back.

Their adventurous style saw the Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs sign the Winstanley twins but things in Soweto didn’t quite work out well as the twins ended leaving Chiefs without making an impact.

Neil represented Bafana Bafana at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Tunisia and also featured for Mamelodi Sundowns. Ivan went on to tighten up the defence of Moroka Swallows and Maritzburg United.

Helman and Helma Nkosiyabo Mkhalele

Helma was the less popular twin and played for African Wanderers as a defender but due to the fact that he was injury-prone, he ended up leaving football and chose life in the corporate world.

Meanwhile, his twin Helman, known as ‘Midnight Express’ was like a run-away train up the wing for Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana. Helman helped Pirates win the 1995 CAF Champions league scoring in the first leg of the final against ASEC Mimosas.

The following year in 1996 the Pirates legend was part of the famous Bafana Bafana Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) winning team and part of the South African squad that travelled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Helman is now the Amajita (SA U20) head coach.

Tendai and Takudzwa Ndoro

Tendai has a proven track record when it comes to finding the back of the net. He gained prominence in the PSL while at Orlando Pirates where he scored 23 league goals in two seasons.

The Zimbabwe international played for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Ajax Cape Town and Saudi Arabian side, Al Faisaly. 

His twin brother, Takudzwa, who is a goalkeeper, has been trying to break into SA topflight football. He was formerly with then-National First Division (NFD) side Witbank Spurs.

During the 2015/16 season reports suggested that PSL side Golden Arrows looked keen to sign the shot-stopper, but the move didn’t materialise. Takudzwa currently plays for Molepolole City Stars in the Botswana Premier League.

Brendon Kaleb and Brandon Seth Parusnath

The pair was part of Golden Arrows’ development side for a couple of years before getting first team contracts in 2013. They were part of the impressive Arrows team that won the inaugural Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC).

Kaleb who plays as a central midfielder left Arrows while Seth, a gutsy midfield player, is still part of Steve Komphela’s team and has made six appearances this season.

Simiso and Simo Bophela

The Orlando Pirates Reserve side twins are a nightmare for defenders in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) and have impressed their coach Glen Salmon who speaks highly of the twins. The young Bophela twins are bulky in size.

From Snake Park in Soweto, Simo is an attacking midfielder who usually plays the supportive role behind the strikers while Simiso plays in a similar role and at some stage scored five goals in two matches in September.

Elvis and Kelvin Moyo

The Moyo twins were signed by Chippa United at the start of the 2019/20 season on a two-year contract after the pair inspired FC Platinum to successive Zimbabwe Premier League titles in 2017 and 2018.

Kelvin, a centre-back, has made 13 appearances while left-back Elvis has made eight for Chippa United. Kelvin is a key member of the Zimbabwe side.

Peter and Patrick and Mubaiwa

The Mubaiwa twins Peter and Patrick both joined then NFD side (Glad Africa Championship), Witbank Spurs back in 2008 with Patrick captaining the team.

They failed to establish themselves in the South African topflight scenes after their move to Chippa United in 2014 failed due to the lack of permits. The Mubaiwa twins are midfielders and have been playing for Witbank Spurs for a decade.

Phumlani and Philani Gumede

The Gumede twins helped Real Kings gain promotion to the NFD in 2016. Both of them were among the best performing players in the ABC Motsepe League National Playoffs as they formed part of the rock-solid Kings back four that only conceded four goals.

Phumlani was signed by Amazulu in 2017 while his twin brother Philani joined Uthongathi FC in the GladAfrica Championship.

Charlie and Freddie Hlalele

The highly-rated Hlalele twins were part of the Orlando Pirates Reserve side for a couple of seasons before they both joined Tornado FC in the ABC Motsepe League.

Charlie, the tricky to deal with attacking midfielder had an immediate impact at Tornado and was later signed by Amazulu in 2018 while Freddie is still playing for Tornado FC.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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