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Mbulelo Mabizela

Personal information
Full nameMbulelo Mabizela
Date of birth16 September 1980(age 36)
Place of birthPietermaritzburg, South Africa
Height1.78 m
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubBidvest Wits

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Mbulelo Mabizela (born 16 September 1980 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal) is a South African footballer who plays as a midfielder and defender for Bidvest Wits and South Africa.

Nicknamed "Old John" for apparently showing maturity beyond his years, as he is the youngest player to captain the South African national team at the age of twenty. Whilst he has all the ability required to be an outstanding player with good pace, strength, composure on the ball with both feet and the timing of tackles, Mabizela has had a career littered with troubles.

Mabizela was released by Tottenham Hotspur after only fourteen months with the club for disciplinary problems in 2004, this followed him having been stripped of the Bafana Bafana captaincy for going AWOL a few months earlier. Other troubles have included a six month ban for the use of a banned substance in 2006 and in December 2008 a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. In July 2009 Platinum Stars made a decision to terminate his contract following further problems, but after a meeting with the team head coach Steve Komphela, Mabizela was allowed to continue his career with the club.

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