Reneilwe Letsholonyane

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Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Personal information
Full name Reneilwe Letsholonyane[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Kaizer Chiefs
Number 6
Youth career
Meadowlands Porto
Jomo Cosmos juniors
2002–2003 Hellenic FC
2003–2004 Dangerous Darkies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 PJ Stars 49 (8)
2006–2008 Jomo Cosmos 70 (7)
2008– Kaizer Chiefs 124 (14)
National team
2008– South Africa 46 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 March 2014

Reneilwe Letsholonyane (born 9 June 1982 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a South African football midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team.

Early life[edit]

He grew up kicking a tennis ball in White City, Jabavu in Soweto. His talent blossomed at Morris Isaaccson High School where he started playing for Jomo Cosmos juniors. His parents did not believe that he could make a living from playing football because they knew it is a short career but they encouraged him, his first pair of soccer boots were Puma SE Rangers that his parents bought for him.[2]


His younger brother Ruben is a soccer player. He lives in Fourways, Johannesburg. “Life in the suburbs is somewhat lonely. Everyone minds his own business. You hardly ever see neighbours chatting over the fence. “I miss the feeling that exists in the townships of being a member of one big family. Asking for a loan of sugar, washing powder or salt from the neighbour when your own runs out,” he said.[3]

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed "Yeye", Letsholonyane mainly played in the lower leagues until joining Jomo Cosmos in 2006. Two years later he signed with Kaizer Chiefs under Muhsin Ertugral where he has since been an integral part of the line-up despite regularly battling injuries.

International career[edit]

He has played for South Africa since 2008. He scored the second goal in a 5-0 win over Guatemala on 31 May 2010.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 2010 Polokwane, South Africa  Guatemala 2–0 5–0 Friendly

|- | 2 || 15 November 2013 || Somhlolo National Stadium, Swaziland ||  Swaziland || 1–0 || 3–0 || Friendly |}

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 28. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
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