Helman Mkhalele

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Helman Mkhalele
Personal information
Full name Helman Nkosiyethu Mkhalele
Date of birth (1969-10-20) 20 October 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Newcastle, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Jomo Cosmos 97 (25)
1993–1997 Orlando Pirates 138 (23)
1997–1998 Kayserispor 23 (6)
1998–2001 Ankaragücü 58 (1)
2001–2003 Göztepe 53 (3)
2003–2005 Malatyaspor 50 (3)
2005–2008 Jomo Cosmos 14 (1)
National team
1994–2001 South Africa 66 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Helman Mkhalele (born 20 October 1969, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal) is a former South African football player better known as Midnight Express. He was the part of the Orlando Pirates squad that won the 1994 National Soccer League[1] and 1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His brothers Sydney Mkhalele and Lazarus Mkhalele played in the NPSL. He currently resides in Roodepoort[3]

After retirement[edit]

Mkhalele got a job as a facilitator at KBC Health and Safety Company. He owns a furniture business. He acquired a teachers' diploma at the Soweto College[3]


Mkhalele played for South Africa national football team, earning 66 caps and scoring 8 goals in the process and was in part of the squad that travelled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[4] He was also part of the Bafana squad that lifted the 1996 African Cup of Nations. He made his debut on 26 November 1994 against Ghana when he was 25 years and 37 days old, he played his last international on 5 May 2001 against Zimbabwe when he was 31 years and 197 days. His international career lasted for 6 years and 160 days.[5]

There are townships that are named after him in the country, one is Mkhelele (also called Evaton West) in Evaton which is located in the south of Johannesburg.


  1. ^ "South Africa Cup Winners". Rsssf.com. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  2. ^ "African Club Competitions 1995". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  3. ^ a b "LEGENDS CORNER: Ex-soccer star now sets his eyes on Comrades". Sowetan LIVE. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  4. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France ™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Helman Mkhalele - International Appearances". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 

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