Lehlogonolo Masalesa

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Lehlogonolo Masalesa
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Mankweng, South Africa
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
Africa Sports Youth Development Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Platinum Stars 1 (0)
2010–2012 Bidvest Wits 28 (0)
2012–2017 Orlando Pirates 23 (0)
2017 AEL 14 (0)
National team
South Africa U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 11 May 2017 (UTC).

Lehlogonolo Masalesa (born 21 March 1992 in Mankweng, Limpopo), is a South African footballer who last played for AEL FC in the Greek Super League as a midfielder.


He was given the nickname Vieira by famous South African football comantator Baba Mthethwa because of the similarities he shares with the former French international footballer. He is also known as V12. Masalesa started his top-flight career at Platinum Stars after coming through the Africa Sport Youth Development Academy. However, he only made one substitute appearance for Dikwena, prompting a move to Bidvest Wits, who he represented 26 times before signing a three-year deal with Bucs in September 2012. The ex-national Under-20 midfielder notably impressed when given game-time during Pirates' run to the CAF Champions League Final in 2013.