Mzox­olo Rafane

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It’s been quite a month for Makana-Rhini United’s Mzox­olo Rafane. Not only did the 28-year-old striker’s side win the New Year’s Cup fi­nal, but the young man’s hat-trick in the ti­tle-de­cider saw him named Man of the Match, and sub­se­quently, Player of the Tour­na­ment. This week, he is Har­court’s Hero of the Week.

It all seems par for the course for a player clearly at the top of his game – and lov­ing ev­ery minute of it. Rafane’s team man­ager, Siya Du­miso, says his player’s achieve­ments war­rant even greater recog­ni­tion.

“The boy de­serves to be in one of the top teams in the coun­try,” Du­miso said, “I be­lieve he is one of the best wingers we cur­rently have. His be­hav­iour on and off the field is tremen­dous. We have all seen how our young tal­ent gets con­sumed by al­co­hol and drugs, and we are just thank­ful that Mzox­olo does none.”

The man him­self is clearly am­bi­tious.

“We were blessed to win the tour­na­ment, “Rafana said, “We played against some tough teams. Go­ing for­ward I just want to work hard and push my­self; maybe even play PSL this year. I’ll be at­tend­ing tri­als, so I se­ri­ously need to push my­self.” Rafane has worked hard to be where he is to­day.

Photo: Sue Maclennan

Mzox­olo Rafani be­ing con­grat­u­lated by a fan af­ter the 2016 New Year’s Cup fi­nal, af­ter scor­ing the win­ning goal.

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