- Former Platinum Stars player Tintswalo Tshabalala has started his own clothing label
- The brand is named Kopido, which makes reference to Tshabalala's nickname, Scorpion
- Kopido started off as a joke between a group of friends and has grown to a wide range of clothing items
Tintswalo Tshabalala may have stopped playing in the Premier Soccer League, but the former Platinum Stars player is still hustling hard.
Tshabalala revealed an exciting new development in his life as his clothing brand takes off.
The 37-year-old started Kopido, a clothing brand in his own name, made and sold in Soweto.
KickOff.com reported that Tshabalala still trains, but that his focus has shifted away from football and onto his new business venture.
The former midfielder explained that Kopido started out as a joke between friends, but has morphed into so much more.
He said, "We brought our heads together and found a logo of my head. From there I went to the printers. Since then people started asking 'how can we get your t-shirt?' So that's what gave me the business idea. That time I had only one t-shirt which I was wearing, not knowing people would fall in love with it. From there sporties and hats followed."
Briefly.co.za learnt that Tshabalala started Kopido in 2016, while still playing for Platinum Stars.
Tshabalala says that his brand is growing in popularity, but it still needs time. Although currently selling from home, he has plans to start a shop.
The one disadvantage that Tshabalala foresees is that there's too much competition between clothing brands in Soweto.
The former football star explained that he has no long terms plans to sustain Kopido and that football remains his passion.
He said, "My wish is to help these boys you see. It's difficult for these boys to get a trial nowadays. These days it's not easy to get a trial, you must know so-and-so you see."
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