Lesedi Kapinga's biography: Orlando Pirates' pre-season signing

Lesedi Kapinga's biography: Orlando Pirates' pre-season signing

Lesedi Kapinga spent only one year in the National First Division before being promoted to the PSL. His future seemed promising when he joined Sundowns, but he only made 25 league appearances in three years. Will he finally get a shot to show off his talent with the Buccaneers?

Lesedi Kapinga's biography: Orlando Pirates' pre-season signing
Lesedi Kapinga is Orlando Pirates' new pre-season signing. Photo: Sundownsfc
Source: UGC

Lesedi Kapinga is related to the late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana striker Lesley 'Slow Poison' Manyathela. On his way home to Musina, Limpopo, Lesley died in a car crash on 9 August 2003. The two soccer players were cousins.

Lesedi Kapinga's profile and bio summary

Full nameLesedi Alton Kapinga
Date of birth25 May 1995
Age28 years old (as of 2023)
Birth signGemini
Place of birthMusina, Limpopo, South Africa
Current residenceMidrand, Gauteng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Eye colourBrown
Hair colourBlack
Relationship statusSingle
Ex-partnerNoluthando Mkhwanazi
EducationHigh school
ProfessionProfessional football player
Football clubsMarumo Gallants FCBlack LeopardsMamelodi SundownsOrlando Pirates
Social mediaInstagram

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How old is Lesedi Kapinga?

Professional football player Lesedi Kapadi (age 28 as of 2023) was born on 25 May 1995. He holds South African nationality.

Lesedi Kapinga's place of birth

The former Sundowns midfielder is from Musina, Limpopo, and his parents are Malawian natives. It is not known when exactly they moved to South Africa.

Lesedi Kapinga's career

Leasedi started his soccer career in the National First Division, officially renamed the Motsepe Foundation Championship in July 2022. He played for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila Football Club from 2017 to 2018. The club unveiled its new name, Marumo Gallants FC, in 2021.

Lesedi Kapinga's career
The Limpopo-born star began his soccer career playing for Marumo Gallants FC in 2017. Photo: @soccernews24sa @thediskigeneral10 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

In preparation for their return to the PSL in 2018, Black Leopards signed several players, including Kapinga. He played for the Leopards until 2020. After parting ways with Black Leopards, the midfielder signed a three-year contract, with the option to extend by another two seasons, with Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Kapinga's time with Sundowns did not yield the results he had hoped for. The soccer player struggled to become a regular fixture in the team. To add to his frustration, he only made five appearances this past season, all from the bench.

Lesedi Kapinga's career
Lesedi's three-year contract with Mamelodi Sundowns was not extended. Photo: @galuuu22 (modified by author)
Source: Instagram

Although things were not working out for him at Chloorkop, things were not too bleak for the soccer star. He was announced as part of the Bafana Bafana COSAFA team in June 2023. He has made four appearances so far.

Lesedi Kapinga and Orlando Pirates

The Limpopo-born star was officially a free agent at the end of the 2022/2023 season after the Brazilians opted not to extend their contract. Both Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates showed interest.

Lesedi Kapinga's latest news

On 25 July 2023, Orlando Pirates announced the signing of the 28-year-old ahead of the 2023/2024 season. He has been allocated the number 21 jersey.

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Lesedi Kapinga's contract

The former Black Leopards star has signed a three-year contract with the Orlando Pirates Football Club. Sharing his thoughts on his latest transfer, the midfielder said:

"I am pleased to join the club. I’m not much of a talker because talk is cheap. All I’m focused on is to start training and working my way back to playing the game I love."

Lesedi Kapinga's salary

At his previous club, Sundowns, he reportedly earned R200,000. His salary with his new team has not been announced.

Lesedi Kapinga's stats

Below is a summary of his appearances and stats by season and club:

SeasonClubNumber of appearances
2022/2023Mamelodi Sundowns5
2021/2022Mamelodi Sundowns8
2020/2021Mamelodi Sundowns12
2019/2020Black Leopards24
2018/2019Black Leopards21
2017/2018Marumo Gallants21

While with the Brazilians, he lifted the DStv Premiership trophy three times and won the Nedbank Cup once.

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Lesedi Kapinga's car

According to sources, the new Pirates signee shared a rare snap of himself and his Volkswagen Golf R on his Instagram page. The vehicle is reportedly worth over R600,000, while the newer version is worth over R900,000.

Lesedi Kapinga's car
Lesedi has a royal blue Volkswagen Golf R, similar to the one pictured above. Photo: Pan Chaobin
Source: Getty Images

Where is Lesedi Kapinga now?

He will join the Soweto Giants, Orlando Pirates, for the upcoming 2023/2024 season of the DStv Premiership. He was also part of the Bafana Bafana COSAFA squad that finished in third place.

Lesedi Kapinga has been a professional soccer player for six years and has an impressive resume. His career became stagnant when he joined Sundowns, but he can jump-start it now that he is a Buccaneer.

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