Se­crets of the Stars

Ka­belo Mahlasela (Bloem­fontein Celtic)

Kick Off - - INSIDE - By Love­more Moyo

Ten things you didn’t know about Bloem­fontein Celtic’s Ka­belo Mahlasela

1

Ka­belo “Skip­per” Mahlasela was born in Mapetla, Soweto a day be­fore Valen­tine’s Day in 1991. His mother gave him a sec­ond name – Luck­y­boy – while he was still a baby, yet that name was not in­cluded in his of­fi­cial doc­u­ments. His mom – who works at a cloth­ing shop in Jo­han­nes­burg – still refers to him as Luck­y­boy when she is happy.

2

Un­known to many is the fact that former Moroka Swal­lows and Jomo Cos­mos mid­fielder Te­boho “Disco” Mahlasela is Ka­belo’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. Disco – who is re­tired – now acts as his son’s in­ter­me­di­ary, rep­re­sent­ing him on all con­tract-re­lated mat­ters and of­fer­ing ad­vice.

3

The 26-year-old is the mid­dle child of three chil­dren in his fam­ily. His younger sis­ter Palesa is cur­rently in Grade 11. He had an older brother Kgotso, who trag­i­cally passed away at a very young age. “My par­ents told me that he died when he was a baby which is why I never got to see him,” dis­closes Ka­belo.

4

Though he was born in Soweto, Mahlasela moved to Lake­side in Se­bo­keng, Vaal aged 10 after his mother moved house. From the age of 12, all his school­ing was funded by Or­lando Pi­rates. In Se­bo­keng he played am­a­teur foot­ball with Bon­gani Thelet­sane (ex-Jomo Cos­mos), Reuben The­bak­eng (ex-Free State Stars), Thabo Rakhale, Thabo Mnya­mane, Tsi­etsi Mkhwanazi and Abia Nale.

5

Mahlasela had been rec­om­mended to Pi­rates by Themba Dlamini, who was his coach at am­a­teur club Celta Vigo and after be­ing re­cruited by The Bucs, he then en­rolled into Bophilo Impilo Pri­vate School while stay­ing at the club’s res­i­dence in May­fair.

6

Kaizer Chiefs winger Wil­liam Twala is a close friend of Mahlasela, with the two hav­ing been in the same class at school. In Grade 9 they were joined by Chippa United goal­keeper Brighton Mh­longo in that same class with ex-Plat­inum Stars mid­fielder Mduduzi Nyanda also link­ing up with them in their ma­tric year.

7

As an 11-year-old back in 2002, he had the “trea­sured plea­sure” of ap­pear­ing in an MTN tele­vi­sion ad­vert, with his se­lec­tion hav­ing been in­flu­enced by the fact that he was one of the most skil­ful play­ers in the Pi­rates de­vel­op­ment struc­ture. Ahead of the shoot­ing of that ad­vert he took a pic­ture with his team­mate Vusumuzi Ncantsane, Au­gusto Pala­cios and the late Gift Leremi which re­cently sur­faced on so­cial me­dia.

8

With his mom los­ing her job just after he com­pleted his ma­tric fol­low­ing a seven-year stay with Pi­rates, Mahlasela then de­cided to leave the club in search of bet­ter earn­ings. He headed out to Roses United, spend­ing two years there be­fore re­turn­ing to sign for three years with The Bucs, but spent all those years away on loan at Roses United, Sivutsa Stars and Royal Ea­gles be­fore join­ing Celtic two years ago.

9

Through his earn­ings from foot­ball the Celtic mid­fielder is pay­ing for his younger sis­ter’s school­ing and states that he doesn’t want her to face the same fi­nan­cial chal­lenges that led to him drop­ping out of col­lege. Ka­belo en­rolled for a Law de­gree at UNISA, but then dropped out due to fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

10

Mahlasela in­sists that the only so­cial me­dia ac­count that he holds is on In­sta­gram. There is strangely a fake Face­book ac­count un­der his name which he once used be­fore aban­don­ing. Se­cu­rity rea­sons have since forced him into shar­ing his apart­ment in Bloem­fontein with his child­hood friend Sikhum­buzo Nku­mane.

BLOEM­FONTEIN CELTIC’S KA­BELO MAHLASELA IS WELL AC­QUAINTED WITH MANY PSL STARS AS HE RE­VEALS THE CHAL­LENGES BE­HIND HIS AR­DU­OUS JOUR­NEY TO THE TOP.

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