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Bafana and Sundowns star given special recognition

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau was recently honoured in his hometown of Musina, Limpopo.

Mudau has, over the past few years, seen his career rise to greater levels both for his club and Bafana Bafana. He was one of the standout performers during the AFCON tournament where Bafana finished third.

The Musina Municipality, where late Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela also hails from, organized a special event to acknowledge Mudau’s achievements.


“This gathering marks an important phase and milestone in our efforts to ensure that our heroes are appreciated for their excellence,” said Musina Mayor Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela.

“One of our focuses as local government should be to prioritise grassroots sports development to produce stars like Khuliso Mudau, and it is achievable.”

Mawela also offered an advise to Mudau to start planning his future after retiring from football.

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau honoured in his hometown
Khuliso Mudau and Musina Mayor Godfrey Mawela

“One of my major concerns is what happens to footballers when they retire from playing because football is a relatively short career,” he said.

“It is important that while at the peak of your career, you must also explore your exit strategies. We wish you all the best, and we do not doubt that you will continue to represent us well.”


Speaking at the same gathering, Mudau thanked the municipality for the recognition.

“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude,” said the 28-year-old.

“It is good to be appreciated at home, and it will encourage me to work hard to represent my people from Musina, Limpopo, and the rest of South Africa. I thank everyone who supported me from my amateur days until I turned professional,” said Mudau.

Mudau began his career in the streets of Musina before moving to Benny’s Care Sports Academy. He later went to play for JDR Stars, Magesi FC, and Black Leopards before his move to Sundowns.

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