Full Name:           Kito Petros Nzimande
Date of Birth:       26 May 1947 (age 67)
Place of Birth:      Mkhumbane Cato Manor, KwaZulu-Natal
Playing Position:  Midfielder
1963-1969               African Wonders FC
1969-1978               Kaizer Chiefs
Kito Petros “Ten-Ten” Nzimande(born 26 May 1947) is a former Kaizer Chiefs player and one of the co-founders of the team when it was called Kaizer XI, playing primarily as a midfielder.
He began his career playing at an amateur level for the Mooi River Hungry Vultures. Proceeded to playing for African Wanders FC at a professional level where he picked up his nickname “Ten-Ten”, before he started playing for Kaizer XI which later changed to Kaizer Chiefs.
Nzimande was born to Mitha and James Nzimande in Mkhumbane Cato Manor KwaZulu-Natal as the only child. He attended school at Dukemini Lower Primary in Kwamashu for his first years he then went to Silimela Higher Primary in Kwamashu. For his high school years he attended Isibonelo High School in Kwamashu. At the age of 12 years old, he started playing for Mooi River Hungry Vultures as an amateur till he commenced to a professional level for African Wanders and Kaizer Chiefs.
Nzimande started his career professionally with the African Wonders FC at the age of 15 years old in 1963 – 1969. This is where he picked up his nickname “Ten-Ten” because of his strength and his hard tackling skills. He was a tough midfielder that made destroying an opposition attack look as easy as taking candy from a kid. During this time African Wonders FC won their first cup, which was the final game cup sponsored by Durban Buy Product while playing with Lamontville Golden Arrows. This game took place at the SJ Smith ground in Durban.
In 1969 Nzimande was recruited by Bomber Chamani to join the Kaizer XI. At the time Kaizer XI was not a real club, just great players from different teams coming together to create the best team. In 1970 the name was changed to Kaizer Chiefs when the team became a professional club and was now based in Johannesburg. The club included player such as Ten-Ten Nzimande , Bomber Chamani, Eliakim “Pro” Khumalo, Banks Setlodi, Tera Mputhi, Jacky Masike, Shaka Ngcobo, Raider Mfukeng, Screemer Tshabalala, Patric Ntsuleng, Hemen Blasche, Maria Maria Lamula, JC Xaba, Bhiza Dlamini, Kaizer Motaung and Tiki Khoza.
This club won most of the games they played, due to the fact that the team had the best players. They became a strong club and well known rapidly all around South Africa. During Nzimande’s reign from 1970-78 the team won 9 cups. To mention a few of those cups that he remembers were; Sales House Cup (Chiefs vs AmaZulu) in 1972 and Chevrolet Cup (Chiefs vs Hellenic) in 1974. This game was the first between black and white people, ‘Chiefs vs Hellenic’. Nzimande was a strong player, a pillar of strength who gained captaincy for Kaizer Chiefs in 1975. He was captain of Kaizer Chiefs during the era of National Professional Soccer league (NPSL). In 1978 Nzimande resigned from playing for Kaizer Chiefs after the death of Ewert ‘The Lip’ Nene. Nzimande participated in all the country’s national teams.
Nzimande fathers 3 children and currently resides in KwaMashu. He played soccer his entire life, when he retired from his career he started coaching. In 1979 he came home to Durban from Johannesburg, later that year he started coaching in Bloemfontein a club named Bloemfontein Celtics. He coached for a year and resigned due to politics. He came back home in 1980 and coached the African Wonders for a year. Now Nzimande is currently coaching the youth of today.
Nzimande enjoys coaching the young kids as he gets to groom them and teach them respect. Keep them busy and see them grow into becoming the best players. He now currently coaches in his community Kwamashu. Nzimande was a successful and strong player in his career, due to discipline and respect combined with love and passion for soccer.
Nzimande’s message to the young soccer players is that, soccer disciplines and teaches obedience. Therefore it is vital to respect each other. It keeps one busy and away from drugs and crime.
Nzimande’s last words for the current professional soccer teams were “Stop discriminating against each other as players, always play with fairness”. - Ten-Ten Nzimande