Papi Zothwane

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Papi Zothwane
Personal information
Full name Papi Joel Zothwane
Date of birth (1981-08-17) 17 August 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Bophelong, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder,
Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mamelodi Sundowns
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2003 Maritzburg United ? (?)
2003–2009 Lamontville Golden Arrows 113 (13)
2009– Mamelodi Sundowns 29 (8)
2012 Bloemfontein Celtic (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2006– South Africa 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2009

Papi Zothwane (born 17 August 1981 in Bophelong, Gauteng) is a South African football midfielder for Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa.


Zothwane hails from Bophelong, a township near Vanderbijlpark. His younger brother Nhlanhla Zothwane plays for Golden Arrows.

Club career[edit]

Zothwane played for Golden Arrows between 2003 and 2009 having been signed from Maritzburg City. In his first full season with the club, he was voted PSL Club Rookie of the Year.

He was almost signed by Kaizer Chiefs in 2006 but a contractual dispute ended in him staying with Arrows.

He has been admired for his accuarate passing, his pace and his eye for goal. The lanky attacking or central midfielder has been impressive over the last seasons despite being constantly rocked by injuries.

Since the end of the 2007–08 season Zothwane had been liked with big money moves to Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. After much speculation surrounding his future after the 2008/2009 season, he signed for Mamelodi Sundowns in July 2009.

International career[edit]

Having made his international debut in 2006, he has so far been capped eight times.

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