AlumnusThabo Rakhale is now a Chippa United player. Here he is with one of Soccer Institute supporters.

“Since the inception of the Soccer Institute in 2007, we all have the responsibility and duty as former players in maintaining the spirit and culture of success,” says Vuyolwethu Sambo, the Soccer Institute Manager – himself an alumnus of the institute.

Soccer alumni honour the beautiful game

Some of the top names in South African football attended the annual alumni gathering of the NWU Soccer Institute held in Mahikeng in June 2018.

Former players of the NWU Soccer Institute met up with current players from the institute during a recent alumni event. Here they are after a friendly football match.

Among them were five Premier Soccer League stars: Thabo Mnyamane of Super Sport United, Thabo Rakhale of Chippa United, Boalefa Pule of Amazule, Luvolwethu Mpeta of Platinum Stars and Xolani Mlambo of Orlando Pirates.


After playing one game against the staff football club and another against the present crop of Soccer Institute players, the guests enjoyed a braai where they engaged with the current intake of players.


Celebrating success


Soccer Institute manager Vuyolwethu Sambo says the annual get-together enables alumni to share their experiences with the current players and to celebrate the achievements of the Soccer Institute over the years.


“Therefore, we annually invite all those who had the privilege to be part of the institute, whether they pursued careers in the corporate world or in football, to come and share their experiences.”




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Orlando Pirates mid-fielder Xolani Mlambo says the institute has played an important role in developing him into a well-rounded individual.


It promoted his soccer career and also offered him the opportunity to study. “Soccer as a career has proven to be short so it is also imperative for players to have something to fall back on.”

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On 18 August 2018, Taahirah Zungu and Lwazi Jakuja were crowned Miss and Mr NWU. Taahirah is a first-year sports science student on the campus in Mahikeng and Lwazi is a third-year student in the BCom Economics and Risk Management Extended Programme on the campus in Vanderbijlpark.


Chuwayza Kotze was crowned first princess and Ruandro Minaar first prince. They are both from the campus in Potchefstroom.