Peter Tsepo Masilela (born 5 May 1985), known as Tsepo Masilela, is a South African international footballer who plays as a left back for AmaZulu. Masilela is known for his pace and great defensive ability.

Tsepo Masilela
Personal information
Full name Peter Tsepo Masilela[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-05) 5 May 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Witbank, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 24
Youth career
2000–2002 Disco Makua Academy
2002–2003 Sonas Mpumalanga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Hellenic 48 (9)
2005–2007 Benoni 54 (1)
2007–2012 Maccabi Haifa 108 (2)
2011–2012Getafe (loan) 13 (0)
2012–2018 Kaizer Chiefs 146 (1)
2019– AmaZulu 1 (0)
National team
2006–2013 South Africa 51 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2019

Early careerEdit

Masilela first played amateur soccer for local team, Manchester and later the Disco Makua Academy which was run by former Witbank Aces player Steve Makua who is the father of Frank Makua who played for Kaizer Chiefs. He then moved to Vodacom League club, Sonas Mpumalanga.[2]

Club careerEdit

Such was his meteoric rise he made his full international debut before making his Premier Soccer League debut. In the same vein, after only one season in top-flight football in his home country, he made the move to Israeli club Maccabi Haifa.

Maccabi HaifaEdit

He signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Haifa on 31 August 2007. Masilela was a crucial part of Maccabi Haifa winning the Israeli Championship, and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Masilela made 13 assists and 1 goal in the 2009–10 season. In June 2011, he extended his contract with a two-year deal.


On 20 August 2011, Masilela joined the Spanish La Liga club Getafe on a season-long loan deal from Maccabi Haifa. He returned to Maccabi Haifa after the expiry of his loan deal with Getafe

Kaizer ChiefsEdit

Masilela returned to South Africa after five years overseas to sign for Kaizer Chiefs in mid-2012. He made his debut in November 2012 in a 3–2 win over Moroka Swallows.[3]

International careerEdit

Masilela was the first player to be called up while campaigning in the National First Division.[2] Since 2006 he has played for South Africa, participating in the 2006 African Nations Cup, 2008 African Nations Cup, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 African Nations Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Eric Masilela is a Witbank Aces legend having played with the likes of Lawrence Siyangaphi, Harris Chueu, Steve Makua and Thomas Ngobe, father of Dumisa Ngobe.[4] He is paternal half-brother of Innocent Maela.[5]



  1. ^ "Tsepo Masilela". ESPN FC. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ Kortjaas, Bareng-Batho (25 April 2010). "Where are they now? Shoe-Shiner turned captain is now a succesful oach [sic]". Times LIVE. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Innocent Maela". Pretoria News. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2019 – via PressReader.

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