Mpho Makola

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Mpho Makola
Personal information
Full name Mpho Terence Makola
Date of birth (1986-05-04) May 4, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Alexandra, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pirates
Number 27
Youth career
Alex Sheffield
1999--2003 Kaizer Chiefs
Bidvest Wits
Vaal University of Technology
Africa Sport Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Free State Stars 68 (6)
2012– Orlando Pirates 76 (13)
National team
2015– South Africa 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2016

Mpho Makola (born May 4, 1986 in Alexandra, Gauteng) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder for Premier Soccer League club Orlando Pirates.[1]

Early life[edit]

Makola was born and raised in Alexandra and attended school in Yeoville Community Primary School and Barnato Park High School where he was a sports all rounder. He joined the Kaizer Chiefs academy in 1999 from Alex Sheffield. By the age of 15, Makola became his family's main breadwinner and took care of his mother and six siblings. As a teenager, Makola consumed drugs and hung around gangsters and nearly joined a hijacking syndicate. He later played for Vaal University of Technology and earned R900 a month.[2]

International career[edit]

He scored on his international debut against Senegal in an international friendly on 8 September 2015.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.[3]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2015 Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Senegal 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 6 September 2016 Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Egypt 1–0 1–0 Friendly