SA footballer’s plea to gay sportsmen: “Come out for equality”

SA footballer’s plea to gay sportsmen: “Come out for equality”

- Phuti Lekoloane is renowned as South Africa's first openly gay football star

- The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been on trial with various NFD clubs, but feels he is constantly judged for his sexual orientation

- Lekoloane started the Phuti Lekoloane Foundation to aid the LGBTIQ community and has called on other footballers to come out of the closet

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NFD footballer Phuti Lekoloane hid his sexuality in his youth and this affected his game.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper then made the decision to come out of the closet and hasn't regretted the choice.

Now, he's called on other gay footballers to follow suit and be open with their sexual orientation.

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The young shot-stopper has been on trial at numerous NFD clubs but to no avail. Lekoloane also feels that he's being judged for his sexuality.

Lekoloane said, "Regardless of intent, homophobic slurs threaten the safety of gay footballers and fans. Footballers have an opportunity to champion equality if we all come out bravely and stop being apologetic about who we are."

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Although Lekoloane is openly gay and proud, he feels a lot of work still needs to be done for gay footballers to be accepted within Mzansi.

According to him, the only way around it is if more gay footballers come clean about their sexual orientation.

Lekoloane added, "The more we come out, the easier it becomes to have gay footballers championing in the elite league. So I urge the gay and bisexual footballers to come out for equality."

Meanwhile, previously reported on two of the PSL's top goalkeepers.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi and Itumeleng Khune happen to both play for the same club, but this doesn't stop them for heaping praise on each other.

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