The Northern Cape province is synonymous with special football talent, from Jimmy Tau, the late Henyekane brothers (may their souls rest in peace), Rueben Cloete and James Mothibi. But none of the above stars has a remarkable story as one Bradley ‘Suprise’ Ralani.
FARPost pays a fitting technical tribute to a special talent, ironically called Suprise by his mother and the legions of football supporters from Galeshewe, Kimberley.
1. What’s in the name?
Amethyst Bradley Ralani was born on the 4th October 1987 in Kimberley. His mother commonly known as ‘Sister Anne’ described how when she was pregnant thought and prayed to God to give her a girl, and to her surprise the almighty delivered a healthy baby boy. Sister Anne then gave her son the nickname ‘Surprise’ and little did she know that the real surprise would dazzle millions of supporters across the world.
Surprise has gone on to play in Sweden and Denmark, where he exceeded 200 games and scored 36 goals in all competitions.
2. Early days
Surprise cut his teeth playing in the junior ranks of Basotho Tigers, where he came through the ranks. In the Tigers Under-17 team, he was coached by Panyaza Muchanga and Kagiso ‘Spakes’ Matile.
He later moved to White City United All Stars, where he was coached by Walter Steenbok (the current Kaizer Head of Scouting). Matile organized for him to attend trials at the Stars of Africa Academy before he landed himself a dream move overseas.
3. Overlooked at Kaizer Chiefs
Just how was this special talent missed by Kaizer Chiefs? As a budding 19-year-old Ralani attended trials at the Anakhosi base and spent a couple of days training with the reserve team.
The Chiefs technical team failed to recognize the potential and talent in this little dynamo, and off he went to Sweden where his exploits made him a permanent YouTube sensation.
4. Suprise artillery
Those who have followed Cape Town City over the last 2 seasons will bear testimony that Surprise possesses:
• Multifunctional dynamism
• Technical proficiency
• Advanced dribbling
• Sophisticated intelligence
• Suprime coordination
• Football brain
In addition, his positional play, ability to play in the crowded intermediate spaces and as inside winger, which makes him a lethal portion in all phases
of the attack.
5. The numbers
Ralani’s playing statistics in the ABSA Premiership is quiet staggering for a player who joined the league a bit later. He has amassed 61 games, total of 8 goals, 16 assists and a whopping 4,328 minutes for the Cape Town-based side.
With these numbers and the potency he outlined in attack from lateral dimension, confirms that Suprise is the rightful heir to the football kingdom of Kimberley.
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Pictures and video footage courtesy of Cape Town City.