A South African musician has turned professional with a football club in professional ranks after signing a deal with Free State Stars.
Mzoxolo Rafani is a gospel music singer from Addo – a small town in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, and this week he has swapped his microphone for soccer boots after signing with Ea Lla Koto for their GladAfrica Championship campaign.
The 29-year-old, who made a name for himself in SABC’s television show ‘I Want to Sing Gospel’, impressed Stars coach Themba Sithole during a two-week trial in Bethlehem, and mentor Mncedi Lali confirmed the deal the forward has signed with the club.
“He has been on trial with Free State Stars and has now been signed by the club. I think he has been there for two weeks, and the club was impressed, and has now been offered a contract,” confirmed Lali.
“He is officially a Free State Stars player. He has always played football and is a good player. He is one of the best players from the Sarah Baartman District Municipality and in the Eastern Cape. For consecutive times, he has been Player of the Tournament and top goal-scorer in the New Year’s Cup tournament (in Grahamstown),” he said.