Tlou Segolela

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Tlou Segolela
Personal information
Full name Tlou Mashedi Segolela
Date of birth (1988-03-01) 1 March 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Polokwane, South Africa
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pirates
Number 23
Youth career
Seemole FC
-2007 Orlando Pirates
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Orlando Pirates 90 (12)
2009-2010 Bloemfontein Celtic (loan) 38 (7)
National team
2010- South Africa 6 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2013

Tlou Segolela (born 1 March 1988 in Polokwane, Transvaal) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder who plays as a right-winger for Platinum Stars in the Premier Soccer League and South Africa.

Known for his incredible speed, Segolela has been nicknamed by fans "Riya Vaya", which means "here we go", and Gautrain.

He was the part of Orlando Pirates team which won Double-Treble titles in two successive seasons (2011-12 & 2010-11), which include two league titles. His most notable contribution was when he provided a famous corner kick which resulted in a stunning goal by Issac Chnsa just outside the box in the 85th minute, on the last game-day of the season. Pirates was deadlocked at 1-1 against Arrows at the time, and they needed a goal to seal the League title for the first time in 7 years. The goal that was provided by Segolela proved the difference. The full-time score was 2-1 to Pirates.

Tlou Segolela collected the Goal of the season award. That goal he was awarded for was the one he scored against Free States Stars in the Botchabelo Stadium. He got the ball just inside from his own half and didn't have support from team mates, he defeated 4 to 5 defenders inside-out alone. The FS Stars keeper came out of his line and Segolela showed composure in front of the goal, and scored past the keeper. That goal was compared to Maradona's one in 1986 FIFA world cup in Mexico, because of its similarities.


Segolela hails from Moletjie near Polokwane.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for South Africa in 2010 and has so far been capped four times scoring twice

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2013 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 2 June 2013 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 2–0 2–0 Friendly

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