SA stars who play(ed) football while studying


With Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker graduating recently, FARPost looks at footballers, past and present, who also have tertiary qualifications or are currently studying.

Parker, seen here with his family, graduated from Boston College with a Sport Management diploma

Siboniso Gaxa, Tefu Mashamaite and Daine Klate are some of the prominent old players who took time to study while keeping up with the demands of being professional footballers.

Siboniso Gaxa looks at some of the SA footballers, retired and still playing, that have tertiary qualifications or are still studying.

Mokete Mogaila

The Highlands Park speedy winger, Mogaila is prioritising his studies while playing top-flight PSL football as he is currently studying Mathematical Science majoring in Computer Science and Applied Maths at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The 24-year-old enrolled at UJ in 2017 and he was playing for the university in the Varsity Football Cup and Regional SAB League.

Given Msimango

Mogaila’s teammate Msimango at the Lions of the North is studying towards a BCom accounting degree, also at the University of Johannesburg.

Lehlohonolo Majoro

The ex Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker graduated as a radiologist from the University of Johannesburg years ago and practiced in Limpopo, before opting to play pro football.

Tiyani Mabunda

The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder abandoned his studies back in 2010 at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) when he signed for Black Leopards but his mom encouraged him to finish what he started and in 2018, while playing for Sundowns, he returned to TUT as a third-year Sport Management student.

Percy Tau

Despite having a busy football career, playing overseas, Tau completed his Bcom (Bachelor in Commerce) at Unisa at the beginning of the year. The Club Brugge player is not quite done with his studies as he is currently doing a postgraduate degree in management, research strategic management.

Michael Morton

The Amazulu man enrolled at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 2008, the same year he signed his first professional football contract at Orlando Pirates during the 2008/09 season. During his studies, Morton went on to play for Bidvest Wits 2013. The defensive midfielder obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) in Business Administration and Management in 2013 while playing for Maritzburg United.

Tefu Mashamaite

During his time at Bidvest Wits, Mashamaite studied and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Politics from Wits University. With Mashamaite not getting any younger and struggling to find a team in the PSL, he has something to fall back on in the form of his degree should be decide to retire from football. The 35-year-old is the Wits FC ambassador.

Mpho Maruping

The former TS Sporting midfielder in the GladAfrica Championship has a degree in Sport Management and completed a business management course alongside Tebogo Monyai in 2013 through the Continuing Education (CE) at the University of Pretoria. The former Tuks duo completed their business qualifications while in the PSL during the 2012/13 season. They are both businessman now. Mapuring is the owner of a water business called Purely Hydr8d while Monyai who retired in 2016 runs multiple businesses, including a transportation company.

Tsepo Masilela

The AmaZulu left back is a Business Studies graduate. Masilela has always been focused on and off the field, so it came as no surprise when he aced his studies.

Siboniso Gaxa

The former Kaizer Chiefs defender is a recent graduate from Wits University. He graduated with a degree in Political Science and Social Studies which he started doing while playing for the Glamour Boys a few years ago. During his SuperSport United days, Gaxa studied and obtained a diploma in Sport Management. Gaxa has not announced his retired from football.

Daine Klate 

The PSL’s most decorated player in terms of trophies won (over 15) with his former clubs, he’s now Chippa United’s Multichoice Diski Challenge coach following his retirement. Klate studied Accounting.

Thendo Mukumela

The Ajax Cape Town and South Africa U-23 (Amatjita) defender registered to study Biokinetics at TUT in 2018 while at Sundowns before joining the Urban Warriors on a permanent deal. Mukumela (21) has been balancing school and soccer since 2014.

Markus Lecki

Lecki is a former Bidvest Wits and Stellenbosch FC defender. The 25-year-old is studying towards a BA Degree in International Relations and Political Studies at Wits University. The former South Africa U-20 International played for Wits in the PSL, CAF Confederations Cup and helped Stellenbosh FC gain promotion to the PSL while studying and fighting for a place in the starting eleven.

Brylon Petersen

The Kaizer Chiefs shot-shopper puts all his energy equally info football and his studies. Petersen was been studying at Wits University for the past three years while playing for Chiefs Reserve side. The 24-year-old completed his Mechanical Engineering degree in 2018 and he is currently doing his honours. The goalkeeper has a first team contract at Chiefs but yet to make his debut.

Tshireletso Motsogi

The Stellenbosch FC versatile midfielder has a degree in BSc in Engineering (Metallurgy and Material Engineering). He obtained the degree recently from Wits University while playing and captaining Wits in the Varsity Football Cup.

 By FARPost Reporter 

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