Jacob Lekgetho

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Jacob Lekgetho
Personal information
Full name Jacob Bobo Lekgetho
Date of birth (1974-03-24)24 March 1974
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Date of death 9 September 2008(2008-09-09) (aged 34)
Place of death Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Moroka Swallows 144 (10)
2001–2005 Lokomotiv Moscow 76 (3)
National team
2000–2004 South Africa 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jacob Bobo Lekgetho (24 March 1974 – 9 September 2008) was a South African footballer who played as a left back during the 1990s and 2000s


Lekgetho was born in the Moletsane area of Soweto and began playing professionally with Moroka Swallows FC in 1995. He went on to make 155 appearances for the club before leaving for Russia's FC Lokomotiv Moscow in 2001. He helped the club win the league title in 2002, but returned to South Africa in 2004 following the death of his wife.[1]

He was capped 25 times for the South African national team, making his international debut in a 1-0 win over Malta in May 2000 and playing his last match for Bafana Bafana in a 3-0 World Cup Qualifying defeat to Ghana in Kumasi on 20 June 2004. He was a member of the squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan where he came on as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat to Spain.




On 19 February 2007, Russian web-based news source Rusfootball and Russian edition of the UEFA website reported that Lekgetho had been killed in a car accident in Cape Town.[2][3] Other media such as gazeta.ru,[4] Sport-Express,[5] and Regnum[6] picked up the story. On 20 February, Rusfootball published the refutation, confirming that the information was false.[2]

Actual death[edit]

In September 2008, it was confirmed by various South African sources that Lekgetho had died in Johannesburg, aged 34, after a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness.[7][8][9] According to Sport-Express the illness was AIDS.[10]


  1. ^ "Jacob Lekgetho". BBC. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Rusfootball apologizes for the erroneous information on Lekgetho's death". 2007-02-20. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Jacob Lekgetho dies" (in Russian). UEFA. 2007-02-19. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Jacob Lekgetho dies" (in Russian). gazeta.ru. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Jacob Lekgetho killed in car accident" (in Russian). Sport-Express. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Former Lokomotiv player Jacob Lekgetho killed in road accident" (in Russian). Regnum. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  7. ^ http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=19&art_id=nw20080909192905706C443975&set_id= Former Bafana player dies
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2008.  Former Bafana star passes away
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.  Jacob Lekgetho dies
  10. ^ http://news.sport-express.ru/online/ntext/25/nl258556.html (In Russian) He became one of Russia's own

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