Se­crets of the Stars

Ten things you may not know about Black Leop­ards mid­fielder Phathut­shedzo Nange.

Kick Off - - INSIDE - With Phathut­shedzo Nange (Black Leop­ards) By Love­more Moyo

Phathut­shedzo Nange was born in Shanzha Vil­lage, Vhembe Dis­trict in Lim­popo, and is the first-born of two boys in his fam­ily. The 26-year-old is the son of former Dy­namos and Black Leop­ards mid­fielder Tshilidzi Nange. Nange se­nior – now 47 – made his PSL de­but dur­ing the 1998/99 sea­son, play­ing five games as Dy­namos was even­tu­ally rel­e­gated back to the First Di­vi­sion. 3 The Black Leop­ards mid­fielder is the cousin of newly-signed Polok­wane City goal­keeper Bon­gani Manavhela, who was the cap­tain of First Di­vi­sion club Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC last sea­son. Manavhela pre­vi­ously played for Mbombela United and JDR. “Bon­gani is the son of my fa­ther’s sis­ter and we have al­ways been close since we were kids, at­tend­ing the same pri­mary school. It was only when he left to stay with his mom that he at­tended a dif­fer­ent se­condary school in the area,” says Nange. 4 Nange holds an N6 Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing Diploma from Tsh­wane South Col­lege and com­pleted his stud­ies in 2014. Once fi­nan­cial re­sources al­low, he plans to start a com­pany back home that will em­power the youth in his vil­lage which is largely dis­ad­van­taged. 5 Nange started his ca­reer at Shanzha Con­ti­nen­tal, then moved to Tsh­wane South Col­lege be­fore pro­ceed­ing to JDR from where he then joined Leop­ards. 6 In be­tween all those moves, he had tri­als at Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria and Mpumalanga Black Aces. “At Aces I passed the tri­als, but my fa­ther re­fused to let me join them as I was still study­ing at Tsh­wane South Col­lege. At Tuks it was a pub­lic trial, and I ar­rived very tired after walk­ing for two hours from my place. The tri­als started at 7am, but I was al­ready tired when I got there. I was in­vited again, but JDR wanted more money than what Tuks was of­fer­ing,” he ex­plains. 7 As a pri­mary school pupil, Nange also played vol­ley­ball and rep­re­sented the Lim­popo Prov­ince Un­der-12 schools se­lect team which trav­elled to Dur­ban and Cape Town. “I was the only one se­lected from my school that year and got to travel in an aero­plane for the first time as well when we went to Cape Town,” he re­mem­bers. 8 Un­like many pro­fes­sional foot­ballers, Nange is not ac­tive on so­cial me­dia. “I only have What­sApp on my phone. I deleted both In­sta­gram and Twit­ter be­cause I had no rea­son to have it and it was just wast­ing my data. I think I still have a Face­book ac­count which I don’t use much.” 9 Nange – who is nick­named “Pogba” – re­cently ac­quired his driver’s li­cence and is plan­ning on buy­ing a Ford Fo­cus ST. 10 Un­known to many is the fact that the Adi­das boots he has been us­ing over the last two years have come cour­tesy of his friend Tiyani Mabunda. The Mamelodi Sundowns mid­fielder has long made it known that he likes the way Nange plays.

A de­cent vol­ley­ball player who is now turn­ing out for the same foot­ball club as his fa­ther … here’s ten things you may not have known about Black Leop­ards mid­fielder Phathut­shedzo Nange.

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