JDR Stars goalkeeper, Phuti Lekoloane, has made a shocking public announcement about his sexuality.
The professional player, popularly called Phuti Minaj, has just recently announced he is gay.
Speaking during a tell-all interview on Robert Marawa’s MetroFM sports show on Wednesday, Lekoloane said he wanted to make history by being the first gay goalkeeper to play for Bafana Bafana.
He said: “It will not be about me, but about the young players who are gay and scared to come out.”
The footballer also disclosed that he grew up liking the company of boys and girls; said he also had the full support of his parents.
The 24-year-old also recounted the numerous challenges he encountered as a super star gay. He said at first his teammates questioned his intentions and gave him cold shoulders.
However, as time moved on, they were able to understand, support and respect his feelings. At other times, Lekoloane revealed that many hurtful comments was made about his homosexual life.
Phuti Lekoloane Humiliated
“I remember when we lost against Alexandra United; one defender noted that we lost because ‘they have a gay in the team. I cried because it hurt me. I went straight to talk to the coach immediately,” he said.
Lekoloane’s coach and chairman Ndetsheni Nemesis described him as a passionate and committed player.
Phuthi Lekoloane was formerly in love with netball before he was took the soccer path. He also played for Alexandra United and Munsieville Stars before joining JDR Stars.
The recently-concluded season saw JDR Stars emerged winner of ABC Motsepe League.
On November 14, 2006 South Africa legalized same-sex marriage. The country is among the very few around the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Currently, only five countries have legalized same-sex marriages and South Africa is not just one of these countries; it is also the only country in the continent of Africa, to legalize same-sex marriage.