PSL ballers embracing culture

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With South Africa being an incredibly diverse nation, we decided to look at some of Premier Soccer League’s past and present stars embracing their cultural backgrounds.  

Some ballers in the DStv Premiership have proudly embraced their cultural backgrounds and practices and having celebrated Heritage month recently, we see it fitting to have a look at some of the current and past players who expressed their cultures. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see PSL stars in their respective traditional attires. 

Identity is easily one of the most, if not the most important thing about any and every individual. While ballers such as Mamelodi Sundowns’ Sphelele Mkhulise and TS Sporting's Thamsanqa Sangweni have won hearts on the field, they remain true to the fundamental parts of who they are. 

Not too long ago, Sangweni was at his older brother Siyabonga Sangweni’s traditional wedding, and he attended the ceremony in his Zulu attire wearing ibheshu and umqhele, which are made from animal skin.

Did you know?

According to The Culture Trip, a front apron (isinene) and a rear apron (ibheshu) are worn to cover the genitals and buttocks. The tufts of a cow’s tail called amashoba are worn on the upper arms and below the knees to give the appearance of greater bulk. Headbands are said to be only worn by married men, as it appears on Mkhulise and Sangweni. 

With weddings being one of the most ideal events to wear cultural outfits, we have also seen the likes of former Kaizer Chiefs star George Lebese and current Amakhosi goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma attending marriage ceremonies in their ethnically specific attires. 

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