|Full name||Josta Shimane Dladla|
|Date of birth||13 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Soweto, South Africa|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:26, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Dladla was born in Soweto and lived with his grandmother. His first pair of boots were the Puma Jomo Sono King and they were given to him by a family friend in 1986. He attended the Tsugang Primary School in Soweto. His father worked in England and he boarded a flight for the first time when he was in Grade 8 in 1995 when he went to visit him during the December holidays.
He joined Wits in 1999 when he was still in high school and wore number 21 which was available and earned R1000,00 a month. Dladla made his professional debut against AmaZulu in a 1–1 draw on 19 December 1999. Dladla received attention for his remarkable playmaking prowess, and was eventually sold to AGF Aarhus at the end of the 2001/02 campaign. He made his debut two weeks later, scoring in a 4–3 win over Viborg, helping them to their first win in a month. Fellow countryman Sibusiso Zuma also scored for his club against Esjberg. Dladla, by Danish newspapers was said to have outshined Zuma, Dladla also went on to say "What's all this fuss about Sibusiso Zuma? I'm better than him!". He played his last match for Aarhus against the same team he debuted against Viborg FF on 29 May 2004 losing 2–0. He joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2004, where he scored 15 goals in 122 appearances and won the SAA Supa8, Nedbank Cup and two league titles. He played his debut on 7 February 2009 in a 2–1 loss over Moroka Swallows. He scored his first goal on 29 November 2011 in a 3–0 win over Bidvest Wits from a solo run from the centre into the box in the 90th minute.
Dladla has a tattoo from his wrist to his shoulder on the right arm. He has body art called a sleeve and has the names of his wife, Thato and his son, Xavier who was born in 2006.
Style of play
Danish soccer writer, Hans Christian Blem stated that Dladla is Very quick and has excellent technique. Stuart Baxter said the following in a Citypress interview comparing Dladla to Ryan Giggs. "We wouldn't extend his contract if we didn't think he would become the Ryan Giggs of Chiefs, Josta can play wide, central, off the strikers and Josta shows that he has Giggs' resilience. He can be a substitute, start the match and still be a team player.
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- "Josta Dladla 'a Giggs in the making'". City Press. Retrieved 2013-11-07.