Well-known South African soccer match official Victor “Victovich” Hlungwani heard the story of Thato “Mr Ref” Makgoga, and decided to reach out to him.
At the tender age of 14, Makgoga is the youngest referee in Gauteng, and an article of him published in the Daily Sun touched Victor “Victovich” Hlungwani's heart.
Victor “Victovich” Hlungwani phoned the news outlet to get Makgoga's details because he wanted to help him.
According to Hlungwani, he was glad to see such a young man taking up refereeing and he decided he wanted to meet with him and give him the necessary assistance.
“I’d also like to buy a kit for him. I’ve just been to a sports shop to check prices," he explained.
Makgoga hails from the Alexandra township.
It is not the first time a young soccer referee stole the spotlight. As Briefly.co.za reported previously, Fezile Hlophe had to battle throat cancer when he was still a young teenager.
But, he did not let his illness get him down. Hlophe overcame the cancer and went on to get his name in the sport history books.
The 17-year-old Sowetan teen had become the youngest soccer referee in South African football history to oversee an official match, which was between the Kaizer Chiefs and the University of Pretoria.
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