From making balls (footballs) out of onion bags that he played on corn fields during harvest season, South African footballer Eric Mathoho began honing the skills that have made him one of the most admired footballers in South Africa. Even though he bruised his feet many times playing on the hard ground, Eric remained undeterred. There’s no better consolation for the rough patch he went through, seeing how successful his career is now and also how much money he has been able to make.
Overview of Eric Mathoho’s Background and Career
Popularly known as Eric Mathoho and also referred to as Tower, his full name is Mulomowandau Eric Mathoho. He was born in Tshiombo near Thohoyandou Limpopo province of South Africa on the 1st of May 1990 and is now aged 32. Eric was born to Johannes Ntshavheni Mathoho (1945-2021) and his wife, whose name we are yet to ascertain. As we learned, he wasn’t born an only child; he had a brother and a sister named Balanganani. However, it was reported that both of them are now late, including their father and his only known living family member is his mother.
Eric started early to show his interest in football even though he and other kids in their community lacked a decent leather football. They made do with onion bags wrapped into a makeshift football and played the same on maize fields. As rudimentary as this may seem, Eric Mathoho used it to build the foundation of his football career, which was good enough for Tshiombo XI Securitas to sign him into their youth team. He played here for some time before another youth side – The Dolphins – sought his services. Seeing the zeal and determination he puts into his games, the strength and resistance he shows as a center-back, Bloemfontein Celtic offered Eric his first professional football contract as a 19-year-old then.
- Salary: Undisclosed
- Contract Duration: 2009-2012
- Contract Value: Undisclosed
- Position: Center-back
- Appearances: 56
- Goals: 4
In July 2009, under the then-Bloemfontein manager Owen da Gama, Eric successfully tried and was signed to Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club. He made his professional debut in a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns on February 3rd, 2010, and was named man of the match. A great feat for someone who just played his first professional match. On 27th February 2011, his first goal came in a 5-0 thrashing of Supersports United.
Throughout Eric’s stay in the Siwelele side, he remained impressive and a delight to watch as he posed a great resistance in defense against attackers from opposing teams. This made European-based teams like Isreal’s Maccabi Haifa and Dutch FC Twente show interest in him. The latter would have seen him join The Tukkers for a then whopping €1 million transfer fee.
But following restrictions placed in the dutch league about the quality of players signed into the league as determined by their price tags, Eric’s FC Twente deal fell through. Be that as it may, it didn’t mar his proficiency on the field one bit. As he approached the end of his 4-year deal (2009-2012) with Celtic, another South African club, Kaizer Chiefs, quickly signed him.
- Salary: R220, 000 per month
- Contract Duration: 2012-present
- Contract Value: R3.3 million
- Position: Center-back
- Appearances: 211
- Goals: 19
Eric Mathoho’s signing to Kaizer Chiefs created a lot of buzz before the signing and even after it, as he has been recognized as one of the highest-paid players on the team. Before joining the Abafana Bok’thula Noxolo side, heavyweights like Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns were also seeking his services. On August 5, 2012, Eric made his professional debut for the Chiefs in a 4-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns, while on April 3, 2013, he found the back of the net for the first time as a Kaizer player in a 1-1 draw with Maritzburg United.
Being in one of the best teams in the PSL, Eric and his teammates worked hard to win the South African Championship Cup in the 2012/13 season and repeated the same feat in the 2014/15 season, during which they also won the MTN8 Cup. Today, Eric is recognized and respected as one of the highest-earning players in Kaizer Chiefs and, indeed, the PSL. Some other top earners in the team include Willard Katsande, Bernard Parker, Lebogang Manyama, Itumeleng Khune, Khama Billiat, and Samir Nurkovic.
National Team Call-up
Having proven his capabilities early on in his career, it didn’t take long for Eric Mathoho to get a national team call-up. He first linked up with his national teammates on 14 May 2011 in an international friendly against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania. He has since then played more than 39 times for the Bafana Bafana, with 1 goal recorded against Honduras in an international friendly match played on 13th October 2015.
Eric Mathoho’s Net Worth Runs in Millions of Dollars
Eric Mathoho’s actual net worth is unknown, but available estimates show that the star footballer is worth as much as $2 million, which is about R24.2 million. While this is a conservative estimate, other reports pegged his net worth to be no less than $1 million, while still others gauged him to be worth as much as $5 million.
No matter at which extreme he tends more to, one unarguable fact is that Eric is a rich man, and it’s all thanks to his football skills. Not only is his career young, but seeing the caliber of teams he has appended his signature to, there’s almost a certainty that his net worth will keep growing as he keeps playing the game he loves.
Aside from his football career, it has not been easy to establish if he has a business he earns money from. But be that as it may, we are confident that the Kaiser star has put his millions or rands and dollars to good use.
Here’s How Eric Mathoho Spends His Money
As it is common with most top PSL players, if not all, Eric effortlessly shows off his wealth via social media. The Tshiombo-born defender has a good taste for the good things of life; we can’t argue that he deserves it as we have told you his story. Talk about cars and befitting mansions; he has them all.
Eric Lives in a Luxurious Cedar Creek Home
Eric lives in a luxurious Cedar Creek home. He regularly posts pictures of his house on Instagram, and from what we have seen, the home located in Johannesburg exudes luxury to the fullest. It has an entertainment area, a swimming pool and a large garage, which houses the footballer’s expensive car collections.
Other details of the house like how many rooms and bathrooms it has, the smart home features therein, and the measurement of the landscape it covers are far-fetched. But no doubt, the house is befitting for a star like him.
A Look At Some of the Cars in His Garage
A luxury house is deserving of luxury cars, and it is not just two. Eric has many posh automobiles, but he frequently uses his Audi S3 Sedan and Range Rover Sport.
Audi S3 Sedan
He bought the sports car, which he refers to as his “yellow bone,” in 2017. His Audi S3 Sedan boasts of has an acceleration of 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in a sec with its 7-speed automatic S Tronic gearbox and 225/40 R18 tires. It has a sports leather steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a day-night rearview mirror, and other luxurious features for the interior.
Range Rover Sport
Eric’s Rover Range Rover Sport has three supercharged engines, driver assistance parking, which has a lane-departure warning system, 360-degree parking sensors, HD radio, and many other features deserving of a luxurious car.