The name of the game

There are pock­ets of name­sakes who play for dif­fer­ent PSL clubs, as Daniel Mothowagae has dis­cov­ered

CityPress - - Sport -


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.


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.


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.


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

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