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TBT: Steve Lekoelea, Pirates’ Dribbling Magician

It was only when Thabo Rakhale pulled off the ‘Johnny Walker’ that people sat up and took note, knowing little that Steve Lekoelea was long pulling off those moves with relative ease.

Brazilian legend Ronaldo is often hailed for his step-overs and Samba flavor, but had you not known any better, you would be excused for thinking ‘Chippa’ was Brazilian.

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His step-overs became a trademark in Mzansi, leaving defenders dazed in his wake. While he wasn’t short of goalscoring prowess either, with lethal accuracy from set-pieces.

He was one of the youngest players to make his debut at just 16, and would go on to represent Bafana Bafana and Pirates with aplomb.

He made the jersey number 16 famous at Pirates and enjoyed a stellar career that saw him turn out for the likes of Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars.

The man nicknamed ‘Motsiri’ hung up his boots in 2009 and will go down in history as one of the best to ever do it.

What are your fondest memories of Lekoelea in a Pirates shirt?


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