Born and bred in Burgersfort, Mpumalanga, ‘Mahoota’ visited three schools in the area to donate soccer kit and a framed Bafana Bafana jersey for the schools’ offices among other things.
The player was accompanied by his representatives, QT Sports – a player management company led by Tim Sukazi.
They released a statement afterwards explaining their trip: “We visited Leole High School as well as two primary schools - Bogwasha and Tswetlane, where Mashego’s mother used to work before the family relocated Bushbuckridge.
“At Leole, we also decided to form a relationship with the school where each grade will select one top girl leaner who will be afforded the opportunity to visit Johannesburg so as to job-shadow us at QT Sports as well as Tim at his Sandton based law firm, Tim Sukazi Incorporated. Furthermore, each year we will contribute R5 000 to the top matric girl student towards her tertiary education fees. We did this to show our gratitude to the school for their contribution in the upbringing of our client, Katlego and also to provide young women, more especially those from rural areas, the opportunity to be exposed to football management and commercial law which is are the two fields where our women are somewhat marginalised.”
QT Sports also conducted a talent identification program at Leole High School and discovered a 16-year-old left-footer whom they believe has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Mahoota whose lethal left foot is well known in the South African football fraternity.
“By this initiative we sincerely hope that the schools in the rural areas will be more encouraged to participate in sport so as to see more athletes coming out of the rural areas while also contributing towards the nurturing and development of girls from those areas. Needless to say that our initiative will go a long way in combating poverty in the rural areas while also help in driving the youngsters out there from alcohol abuse, drugs and exposure to HIV and Aids.”