Register Login Scores

PSL

'I Was Given R200 For Jabu & He Was Sold For R3 Million'

Jabulani ‘Mavotja’ Maluleke is making one his former coaches proud with his remarkable progress in his professional career over the years.

Last month, the attacking midfielder turned 38, and is still going strong with Polokwane City in a career of over 18 years. 

Read: Champagne Pass Talk Invited Trouble For Stash At Chiefs 

From having worked with the free-kick specialist when it all started for him, legendary coach Jacob Sakala recalls the skepticism and challenges he was faced with when he introduced the Chiawelo-born player in the professional ranks.

“I picked Jabu Maluleke from Chiawelo and took him to Dangerous Darkies. l went with him to Leopards when I left the club. (David) Thidiela and Shakes Mashaba rejected him. He (Thidiela) asked me, ‘Why did you bring me a skeleton? But l played him (Maluleke) by force. I told him (Thidiela), ‘You will shake my hand in the end.’ I was coaching Leopards for the fourth time,” Sakala told the Siya crew.

Read: ‘Do Not Regret Mistakes’ 

“Thidiela gave me R200 (after the match). I don’t forget! He sold him for R3 million to SuperSport United. When I took Jabu there (Leopards), he was a small boy and skinny. I told him, ‘I see future in you, you are a general.’ Even at Dynamos (another club that Sakala coached), they didn’t like him. When I left Dynamos for Dangerous Darkies, I took Jabu with me. I was provided with accommodation and Jabu was staying with me. We were on course to win promotion that year when I was offered big money elsewhere and I left that team. We were number two (on the log),” the coach added.    

Maluleke previously also played for SuperSport United in his career, and is closing in on 200 appearances for Rise and Shine, having joined the Limpopo club in 2014 after leaving Matsatsantsa. 

‘Do Not Regret Mistakes’

Inspired By History-Making Chiefs Star!

PSL Veteran’s Retirement Talk Slammed!

7 comments

Top 5

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

22 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The EPL

1 Aug 18, 2022 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Why Pirates Captain Was Substituted...

21 Aug 11, 2022 10:15 AM in Orlando Pirates

Ronaldo 'Receives' New Transfer Offer

5 Aug 18, 2022 04:26 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Rulani: Vila Contributed To Downs’ Downfall

90 Aug 11, 2022 07:35 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

A Closer Look At Thlopie Motsepe’s Presidential Ride

1 Aug 16, 2022 10:09 AM in Stars & Their Cars

The 10 Highest-Paid Players At PSG

4 Aug 16, 2022 07:25 PM in Ligue 1

Most Successful Al Ahly Managers Since 2000

4 Aug 16, 2022 01:24 PM in African Football

Ronaldo Linked With Big Swap Deal

6 Aug 17, 2022 06:24 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Why Chiefs Target Fits Amakhosi's Immediate Criteria…

31 Aug 10, 2022 08:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Glazers Set Man Utd Asking Price?

2 Aug 18, 2022 07:29 PM in English Premier League

Downs & CT City CAF CL Opponents Revealed

39 Aug 09, 2022 05:24 PM in CAF Champions League

Ten Hag Explains Benni Appointment

10 Aug 01, 2022 10:20 AM in English Premier League

Reunion On The Cards For Top Keeper?

1 Aug 10, 2022 05:09 PM in Siyagobhoza