Throwback Thursday: Chiefs’ bad boy Skapie Malatsi, before the drama

Throwback Thursday: Chiefs’ bad boy Skapie Malatsi, before the drama

Today's Throwback Thursday edition sees relive the mercurial talent that was Thabiso ‘Skapie’ Malatsi - a career with so much promise ended in disappointment.

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When Thabiso ‘Skapie’ Malatsi came through the ranks at the Kaizer Chiefs youth academy, many people sat up and took notice.

Although many youngsters fall by the wayside, the academy is renowned for producing some outstanding talent time and again. Many would say that Malatsi fell into this category.

Based on talent and playing style, Malatsi was touted to follow in the footsteps of Jabu Pule (Mahlangu).

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Fans loved his skill and flair, but he complimented this with an eye for goal.

Malatsi rose through the ranks from under-15 level and therefore could have achieved cult status had he reached his potential and remained at the Amakhosi.

Unfortunately, the talented attacker was unable to handle the fame and fortune. He succumbed to the lure of drugs and alcohol.

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Although his football career ended prematurely, fans may have been pleased to see him emerge as a gqom musician.

The Daveyton-born man was known for his exploits off the field, as much as on it.

Regarded by many of his peers as a generous and friendly person, understands he regularly donated his clothes to those in need.

Previously, also recalled the career of former Orlando Pirates star Steve Lekoelea.

The Bucs playmaker became a legend and was known for his flair and finesse.

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