Kick-off at NWU


Looking back at his NWU Soccer Institute days, Xola Mlambo says he is very thankful to have been part of the institute.


“I will always be indebted to the Soccer Institute for giving me this opportunity and making my dreams come true.


“Soccer as a career has proven to be short so it is also imperative for players to have something to fall back on by way of an academic career,” says Xola.


During his tenure at the NWU, Xola took part in the Varsity Sports tournament, the Motsepe league and the University Sports South Africa championship (USSA).


Pirate steals the show

NWU alumnus Xola Mlambo has become a household name at Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates FC.

According to the NWU Soccer Institute Manager, Vuyo Sambo, the young soccer star Xola Mlambo is a marvel to watch. “He is good on and off the ball. He has a good mind-set and is a good passer of the ball. He has sharp eyes for threading passes through the smallest spaces.”

Born and bred in Dobsonville, Soweto, midfielder Ten Ten as he is affectionately known, started playing football at an early age. He then went on to join the NWU Soccer Institute on the campus in Mahikeng, where he also pursued an academic career in the field of sports science.


Prior to joining Pirates, the midfield maestro played for Cape Town All Stars and PSL outfit Chippa United in the 2015/16 season.He then joined Wits FC where he won both the Absa Premiership trophy and Telkom Knockout trophy during the 2016/17 season.


Shining among the stars


Xola joined Orlando Pirates FC in January 2018 where despite competing within a star-studded Pirates midfield, the playmaker quickly established himself as a player to be reckoned with.


He has featured in all but one competitive game and has impressed supporters with his attacking vision and array of passes on the pitch.


Orlando Pirates fans clearly appreciate his dedication and voted him player of the month for August 2018.




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Happy to be on board


There have been calls from fans and pundits to include Xola in Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter's national squad. Be that as it may, Xola is paying no attention to these calls, saying he is merely taking each game as it comes.


“My focus is on Orlando Pirates and when I'm given an opportunity to play here, I'm happy," he says.


"Whatever happens, happens, but  I have to focus on improving my game and help the team."

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