South African football has had a number of outrageously talented football players that weren’t able to realise their full potential and Gift Leremi was one of them.
South Africa has a knack for producing prodigiously talented footballers, but many of them fail to reach their full potential.
Many get sucked into a life of partying and poor choices, while others have their careers ended prematurely.
In the case of Gift “Vum Vum” Leremi, it was a bit of both.
The attacking midfielder lived up to his name and he was blessed with the rare ability to shoot with either foot.
This, coupled with his flair in attack, made him a handful for defenders.
Born and bred in Soweto, Leremi made his debut for Orlando Pirates in 2002.
Under the guidance of coach Kosta Papic, Leremi was blessed with talented teammates, such as Benedict Vilakazi and Lesley Manyathela.
The youngster featured prominently for Bafana Bafana at under-23 and senior level.
Briefly.co.za recalls that Leremi wasn’t able to fulfil his potential as he became one of the bad boys of Mzansi football.
Partying and other poor choices stifled his career while in his youth.
Leremi moved to Mamelodi Sundowns, but then tragedy soon struck as he died in a car accident at the tender age of 22.
Who knows how far Leremi could have progressed, but representing two of South Africa’s biggest clubs is an impressive achievement.
Briefly.co.za salutes Gift “Vum Vum” Leremi – may his soul rest in peace.
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