Thomas Hlongwane

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Thomas Hlongwane
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-03-17)17 March 1962
Place of birth Hammanskraal, South Africa
Date of death 14 October 2006(2006-10-14) (aged 44)
Place of death Mabopane, Gauteng, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Hammanskraal Shepherds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Arcadia Shepherds
1982–1986 Moroka Swallows 136 (73)
1987–1988 Olympiakos
1988–1989 Durban Bush Bucks
1989–1991 Pretoria City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas "Who's Fooling Who" Hlongwane (17 March 1962 – 14 October 2006) was a South African footballer who played striker.

Arcadia Shepherds[edit]

He joined the Arcs in the late 70s and became their Footballer of the Year in 1981[1]

Moroka Swallows[edit]

He joined Swallows for a record breaking R22 000 in 1982. Hlongwane scored 59 goals for the Birds between 1985 and 1986 scoring hat tricks against Bush Bucks, Klerksdorp City and Orlando Pirates. He won the NSL Golden Boot in 1986, catching the eye of Olympiakos.[2]

After Retirement[edit]

By the time of his death in 2006, he was the coach at Mamelodi Sundowns development.[3]


He died in his sleep at his home in Mabopane on 14 October 2006 after a long battle with leukaemia. He was buried at Akasia Cemetery in Nina Park[4]