Cape Town City midfielder, Mpho Makola, celebrated his 34th birthday on Monday, 4 May. In honour of his birthday, we took a look at five quick facts about his life and career.
Mpho Makola is Cape Town City's beloved number eight and he is celebrating his 34th birthday on 4 May.
Briefly.co.za wanted to honour the footballer by taking a quick look at his life and career. We gathered five interesting facts about Makola:
1. Humble beginnings
He was born Mpho Terence Makola on 4 May, 1986, in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg. He attended school in Yeoville Community Primary School and Barnato Park High School - where his athletics skills really got him noticed.
2. Becoming his family's rock
In 1999, at the tender age of just 13, Makola joined the Kaizer Chiefs academy from Alex Sheffield, Wikipedia reports.
Two years later, a 15-year-old Makola became his family's main breadwinner. As a teen, he took care of his mother and six siblings.
3. Going through a dark time
While Makola had a bright future ahead of him, he still managed to get caught in a bad crowd. According to reports, Makola used illegal substances as a teen and he got mixed up with gangsters.
There were also claims that he nearly joined a hijacking syndicate. However, he managed to change his life around and now uses his spare time to educate youngsters on the dangerous lifestyle.
In December last year, Makola hosted a tournament to give back to the community and to teach young footballers about the dangers of substance abuse and gangs.
KickOff.com quoted him saying at the time:
"Besides football, we have a lot of social responsibility initiatives that we do to give back to the community like lifestyle programmes to teach the youngsters about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and to encourage them to live a positive life."
4. Banned for shoving a referee
Last year, Makola got into trouble for shoving a referee during a PSL match. The veteran midfielder reacted in anger when referee Abongile Tom awarded a penalty to the Kaizer Chiefs.
His little outburst resulted in Makola getting a six-month ban.
5. Money in the bank
Makola's gone a long way since being a kid growing up in Alexandra. While it's not exactly sure how much he earns at Cape Town City, the midfielder bagged about R180 000 a month at his previous club, the Orlando Pirates.
According to reports, he is estimated to be worth an impressive R7.5 million.
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