Farmers League: Meet the 10 stars

Fame & Fortune

From cattle herders in Mzansi to Africa's first cognac maker, here are 10 football stars of past and present who've ventured into farming - including the likes of Lovers Mohlala and David Beckham.

Mohlala recently opened up to KickOff.com about the farming endeavours he's taken up since going broke after retiring from professional football.

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The 44-year-old revealed he herds cattle on a farm to create income for himself and his family after several years of extravagant spending during his playing days in the South African top-flight.

READ: Lovers Mohlala living that farm life

He's not the only South African who's taken to the farming route to create income, with Kaizer Chiefs defender Kgotso Moleko a notable inclusion - who often displays his life beyond the football pitch on social media.

Gift Sithole, 37, who featured for the likes of Golden Arrows, Chippa United and Platinum Stars over a career that spanned two decades is another example.

READ: PSL star herding cows during lockdown

The former PSL defender owns over 120 sheep, goats and cattle on his Benoni-based farm since investing into the farming life back in 2014 which has since become his 'passion'.

Africa's first cognac producer

Moving abroad, former Ivory Coast and Premier League defender Oliver Tebily made history with his 'second passion' after his football career in Europe. 

Tebily bought two hectares of a vineyard in a French village Salles-d'Angles with his first pay-cheque from professional football as a teenager, citing it as an 'insurance policy' in case his career didn't reach the heights expected of him.

However, it lasted 15 years at the highest level and the hobby he did for pocket money during his formative years has now developed into a profitable business, as the only black farmer in the region who now owns 22 hectares of land.

"The local people were really, really surprised by an African footballer trying to do what they are doing," Tebily told BBC.

"But I work Monday to Sunday and people are really surprised - they didn't think I would do this work because it's really hard. 

"I don't do this to impress people. I love this work and want to go as far as I can," Africa's only maker of the world's most famous brandy added before stating he only wants to trade with companies from the continent in future.

Did you know?

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar Beckham owns a farm in Cotswolds.

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