The name of the game
There are pockets of namesakes who play for different PSL clubs, as Daniel Mothowagae has discovered
THE KATLEGO MASHEGOS
As fate would have it, one Katlego Mashego is playing for megarich club Mamelodi Sundowns, while his namesake turns out for the modest Free State Stars. The two come from towns in Mpumalanga about 130km apart. They have each played for Bafana Bafana.
The Sundowns Mashego (32) was born in Bushbuckridge. The Ea Lla Koto Mashego (27) comes from Burgersfort.
AND SIBUSISO K( H)UMALO
The only way to tear the Sibusiso K(h)umalos apart is on paper, as their surname is pronounced the same way but differs in spelling. The taller Sibusiso (23), who is on loan at Maritzburg United from Sundowns, has a crucial “H” missing from his family name, while SuperSport’s Sibusiso (24) bears the more familiar “Khumalo” on the back of his shirt. The two players came through the professional ranks at Moroka Swallows and were later lured by Sundowns. Kumalo is from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni, while Khumalo comes from KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal.
AND THE CASE OF THE THABO MOLOIS
One Thabo Moloi can be found at Free State Stars while the other plies his trade at SuperSport United.
Stars’ Moloi is a midfielder while United’s Moloi is a defender. They were born in Gauteng.
The Stars midfielder, nicknamed “Figo”, was born in Meadowlands, Soweto, but grew up in Alexandra. The United defender is from Vereeniging.
Another aspect of their striking similarity – apart from their names and height – is that they came through the SuperSport United Youth Academy, albeit at different times.
They both played for the South Africa Under-17 squad.
The Ea Lla Koto version spent a season-and-a-half at Orlando Pirates.
DID YOU KNOW?
AmaZulu has three Dlaminis – Ayanda, Goodman (both from KwaNongoma) and Mfanafuthi (from Pietermaritzburg); while Sundowns has a pair of Zwanes – Themba and Siyanda. None of these players are related.
Katlego Mashego Mamelodi Sundowns Katlego Mashego Free State Stars
Thabo Moloi Free State Stars
Thabo Moloi SuperSport United
Sibusiso Kumalo Maritzburg United Sibusiso Khumalo SuperSport United