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