In football, nicknames mostly reflect the capabilities of an individual.
Bob Mpinganjira of MTL Wanderers was nicknamed â€˜Mpulumutsiâ€™ because he used to score decisive goals when everybody had lost hope. Bullets had Mzee Jossam nicknamed â€˜Mkwanguâ€™ because of his lion-like defensive skills.
But there are other nicknames such as â€˜Chachoâ€™, for former Tigers central-defender Chisomo Mopiha, whose origins are difficult to understand.
â€œWhen I was with the Under-17 squad at the Cosafa competition in South Africa, I met the former Kaizer Chiefs defender Patrick Chacho, who said he was impressed with my performance.
â€œSo as not to forget his name, I wrote it on my soccer boot. During training with my club at Sedi, my teammates saw the name on my boot and since that day, they called me â€˜Chacho,â€™ Mopiha explained.
The 32-year-old husband to Efrida and father to Ethan and Nomsa, was a Tigers defence pillar from 1995 up until his retirement as a footballer in 2007. He also played in the U-17, U-20, U-23 and the senior national team squads under Manfred Hoener.
The most disappointing moment in football for the Admarc employee and Zingwangwa Township resident was in 1999 while with the U-20 national team at the All African Games Championships in Ghana.
â€œWe lost all our first three games to be booted out of the competition and missed the opportunity of being identified by numerous scouts who were at the event,â€ said Mopiha.