Lesley Manyathela

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Lesley Manyathela
Personal information
Full name Lesley Phuti Manyathela
Date of birth 4 September 1981
Place of birth Musina, South Africa
Date of death 9 August 2003(2003-08-09) (aged 21)
Place of death Musina, South Africa
Playing position Striker
Number 22
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Orlando Pirates 73 (48)
National team
2002–2003 South Africa 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lesley Phuti "Slow Poison" Manyathela (4 September 1981 – 9 August 2003) was a South African football (soccer) player for Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League and South Africa.


Before his death, Manyathela was a top goal scorer in the South African PSL (Pemier Soccer League) scoring 22 goals – (18 league + 4 in cup competitions), this also helped his team, Orlando Pirates, get the league championship honours in the 2002/03 Season.[2]


He made his debut for South Africa against Saudi Arabia in 2002 and earned nine caps in total, scoring four goals.[3]


The striker died in a car accident close to his home town of Musina. He was with his friend in the car during the accident. The death of Manyathela was a blow to the nation as he was one of the most gifted players to emerge to the football limelight, having scored 48 times in 73 appearances for Orlando Pirates .His home town is Musina (formerly Messina), Limpopo Province, South Africa.[4] The following season, 2003/04, the top goal scorer award for the PSL was renamed to be the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot.