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Footballers Who Have Come Out Of Diepkloof

Diepkloof, a suburb in the east of Soweto, has produced some of Mzansi's greatest footballing talents. Can you guess who they are?

Soweto is famous for being the home of two of South Africa's most iconic and successful clubs, and it has also landed up being the birthplace of some of the country's greatest players.

Diepkloof, however, deserves some special attention for the talent that has come out of that community. Here are some of its most notable stars.

Lucas Radebe
The defender is one of the most iconic men to come out of the country, let alone play football. He made a name for himself during his time at Kaizer Chiefs, which saw him earn a move to Leeds United in the Premier League. Few were able to read a situation like he did, and his infectious smile has seen him become vastly popular and admired by people around the globe.

Shoes Moshoeu
The great "Shoes" began his career with Diepkloof's Blue Whales before going on to join Kaizer Chiefs' youth academy. He then went on to turn out for Giant Blackpool and the Amakhosi first team, before earning a move to Turkey. A talented trickster and chance creator, the attacking midfielder sadly passed away last year, just a year after cancer forced him to hang up his boots at the age of 48.

Benedict Vilakazi
Standing at just 1.57m tall, "Tso" was a powerful and highly skilled player who also hailed from Diepkloof. One of the first clubs he played for during his youth was Diepkloof Hellenic, before he moved on to Orlando Pirates' academy. 

Teko Modise
While he may have been born in the Meadowlands, the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was raised in Diepkloof by his mother. Teko's youth career saw him turn out for Coventry, City Rebels and Ria Stars before he went on to lift two PSL crowns and four other pieces of silverware.

Who do you think is the best player to have come out of Diepkloof?


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