Steve Lekoelea

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Steve Lekoelea
Personal information
Full name Steve Motsiri-Lekoelea
Date of birth (1979-02-05) 5 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Sebokeng, South Africa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Moroka Swallows 21 (4)
1997–2005 Orlando Pirates 182 (32)
2005–2008 Maritzburg United 13 (1)
2007–2009 Platinum Stars 17 (0)
National team
1998–2002 South Africa 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steve "Chippa" Lekoelea (born 5 February 1979 in Sebokeng, Gauteng as Steve Motsiri) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder who played for Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars and South Africa.


He was 15 years, 257 days old when he debuted for Moroka Swallows in 1994, and became the league’s youngest scorer, aged 16 years, 7 days, when he scored against Umtata Bush Bucks on 12 February 1995. Lekoelea was playing under the name of Steve Motsiri at the time.

Lekoelea first appeared for the senior South Africa national football team as a teen.[1]

He is a very honest person who cares for young talent.


  1. ^ Cooper, Billy (30 July 1999). "Bafana have high hopes for Lekoelea". Independent Online. 

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