For most footballers, playing at the international level is a dream come true. This is more so for Gift Motupa, who hails from a small village in South Africa. The young boy never thought he would be playing for a significant premier league team and the national football teams.
Gift Motupa is a talented forward striker at Bidvest Wits, one of Mzansi's most prominent teams. Motupa has steadily grown to one of the most sought-after footballers in the country since joining his first professional team, Baroka Fc, in 2009. Read on to know more about this great player.
Gift Motupa profile summary
- Birth name: Gift Motupa
- Place of birth: Thokgwaneng, South Africa
- Date of birth: September 23rd, 1994
- Gift Motupa age: 25 years
- Zodiac sign: Libra
- Education: Jeppe College, Polokwane
- Nationality: South African
- Height: 1.82 meters
- Career: Professional footballer
- Club: Bidvest Wits Football Club
- Position: Forward second striker
- Years active: 2009-present
Gift Motupa biography
Gift was born on September 23rd, 1994, in Gachoene, Thokgwaneng, South Africa. He hails from a family that loves football. His father and brother played amateur football but did not go professional.
Gift Motupa started by playing football with a handmade soccer ball in his dusty village. He then joined a local club known as Manchester United when he was 13.
In 2008, during a local tournament, Baroka Football Club owner Khurishi Mphahlele noticed the athlete and expressed interest in signing him. The former Orlando Pirates attacker was signed by the club in 2009, and his star has never stopped shining.
While in Baroka F.C., Motupa and his Baroka teammates beat football titans Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs in the 2011 Ned Bank Cup. In 2012, Gift became the team captain after the former team leader, Lentshene Phalane, left to join Platinum Stars. During this time, the striker led the scoring sheet by scoring fifteen goals during his term.
The youngster is a skilled footballer who caught the eye of the national team Bafana Bafana coach. Shortly after, he was signed by Orlando Pirates, another South African giant for five years. Motupa's skills as a player earned him recognition in the December 2019 Absa Premiership monthly awards.
The forward striker earned his first Absa Player of the month award with two goals and an assist as the Wits won two fixtures against two teams. According to the current Transfermarkt profile, Motupa's current market value is €750,000. He is ranked 25th among all players in the country. The player’s stats in 2019/20 season so far are as follows:
- Matches played: 15
- Minutes Played: 801
- Goals: 5
- Assists: 2
- Yellow cards: 1
Check out the impressive Gift Motupa Transfermarkt history below since he turned professional.
- July 4th, 2018 to date – Bidvest Wits
- July 1st, 2018 to July 3rd, 2018 – Chippa United
- June 30th, 2018 to July 1st, 2018 – Orlando Pirates
- July 2017 to June 2018 – Baroka F.C.
- July 2015 to July 2017 – Orlando Pirates F.C.
- Joined Baroka F.C. on July 1st, 2013
Gift Motupa has had opportunities to represent his country. He has expressly stated that his goal is to play for the South African National team, Bafana Bafana. Check out the instances when this gifted player has played internationally:
- 2018 – COSAFA CUP, CHAN qualification
- 2016 – FIFA friendlies, CHAN qualification, COSAFA Castle Cup
- 2015 – COSAFA CUP, African U-23 Cup of Nations
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Which car does he drive?
When it comes to cars, the reserved striker drives a Volkswagen Polo Vivo, which he regularly posts on his Instagram page. The former Orlando Pirates striker has a preference for practical and affordable cars.
Gift Motupa partner
Although this gifted footballer has indulged his fans by showing the wheels he uses, he has been silent about his relationships. He has managed to keep the fans guessing about his love interests.
Gift Motupa net worth
His net worth in 2020 is estimated to be between one million dollars and five million dollars. His primary source of income is playing football and endorsements from various brands across the country.
In June 2020, Mamelodi Sundowns signed Gift Motupa alongside two other players from Bidvest Wits. He is likely to move to Sundowns before the start of the 2021 season. The player has been with the Wits since 2018 July after Chippa United sold him.
The Gift Motupa Wits contract will expire on June 30th, 2022, and we are all waiting to see how this move to Sundowns will pan out. As a top goal scorer, this talented player will be fighting to retain his former spot as a second striker. Sundowns are yet to announce Motupa's move and how much the Gift Motupa salary will be once the deal is finalized.
In Gift Motupa latest news, the right-footed player almost signed with the Brazilians earlier this year, but the Wits held on to the striker. The move by Gift Motupa to Sundowns is great as it improves his odds of playing in the CAF champion's league as he has always desired.
Gift Motupa is a quiet and reserved person going by his social media pages. Gift Motupa Instagram page has a following of slightly over one thousand fans. He also runs a page by the name Gift Motupa Foundation that highlights his philanthropic activities in his community.
In other Gift Motupa news, He, together with friends of the foundation, donated food parcels to forty low-income families in Gift Motupa place of birth, Ga-chuene Village. Out of these people, most were orphans and also families with no breadwinners who were struggling through COVID 19 pandemic.
You can find the star through these social media handles:
- Facebook: @Gift Motupa foundation
- Instagram: @gift_motupa
Throughout his career, Gift Motupa has proven that hard work pays. His defending skills and a humble personality makes him a favourite in Mzansi soccer circles. He continues to be an inspiration to many aspiring footballers, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for him the next season.
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