After retiring from professional football in 2012, the 41-year-old worked as an athlete representative division client manager at MSC Sports. Isaac Mabotsa, a former Chiefs teammate and close friend, confirmed the devastating news to Soccer Laduma on Friday evening.
“I can confirm the sad news, but at the moment I request that we be given time to come to terms with what has happened," Mabotsa said.
"I am at his home as I speak, but please understand, I won’t make any further comment on the matter."
Maselesele made his professional debut for Chiefs in 1998, after being promoted from the club's youth system to the senior team. In the early years of the new century, the Alexandra-born player established himself as a fan favorite at the Soweto giants, and he was one of the team's standout players.
Maselesele is best remembered for his great performances against Orlando Pirates, Chiefs' arch-rivals, since he had a tendency for scoring in Soweto Derby matches. Maselesele, a hard-working and skilled forward with a keen eye for goal, scored late-game winners over Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge and Telkom Charity Cup.
Before joining Black Leopards on a permanent basis in 2005, the dreadlocked player spent time on loan with Manning Rangers and Thanda Royal Zulu. After stints with City Pillars, Yenicami Agdelen of Cyprus, FC AK, and Maritzburg United, he was banned from professional football for two years in November 2008 after testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite.
Maselesele then played for Civics FC in Namibia for a year before retiring from professional football the following year. Emmanuel Ngobese, Jabu Pule (Mahlangu), Dillon Sheppard, Tso Vilakazi, Dikgang Mabalane, Nasief Morris, and Bamuza Sono were among the players who competed for South Africa's Amajita at the 1999 Cosafa Under-20 Championships.
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