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‘Fire’ Masilela has high hopes for his son

Former Mamelodi Sundowns winger Joel ‘Fire’ Masilela is confident his son will follow in his footsteps and one day don the famous Brazilian kit.

Thamsanqa Masiya, who is currently plying his trade at Baroka FC, is ‘Fire’s’ son, and he has made a good start to the season with Bakgaga, who are currently in fifth position after five games.

“I have a son there at Baroka, but he’s staying with his mother who is in Soshanguve,” Masilela tells “He was raised by me though; I’m the one who taught him how to play football. With his discipline and dedication he will surely reach my level. He just needs to work hard and be patient.

“He represented his country at Under-17, Under-19 … for example, he played with Percy Tau, same team, same Under-17. He was in the same group with the likes of [Sphelele] Mkhulise and Keletso [Makgalwa]... I'm talking about the Sundowns Under-17 now.”

Masilela adds: “I would love to see him coming back to Sundowns, that’s where he started anyway in the academy. He was loaned to Mbombela [United] for two years, he came back to Sundowns and there were some negotiations then they released him to Baroka.

“But there's a clause ... if any team wants to buy him from Baroka, first choice will be for Sundowns to buy him back. So I’d like to see him back at Sundowns. It’s where he started anyway.”

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