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Christmas has come a bit early for Jomo Cosmos midfielder Lucky "Lacoste" Mhlathe, who will have a benefit match at Boipatong Stadium in Sedibeng on Saturday.
"Cosmos are honouring Lucky for his loyalty to the club," said Andrew "Jaws of Life" Rabutla, Ezenkosi manager, yesterday.
"Lucky came to Cosmos as a youngster 10 years ago and has always presented himself in a good way both on and off the field."
As part of the celebrations, Cosmos will play against a Lucky Mhlathe Sedibeng Municipality XI in the main game at 3.30pm. Vaal Masters will play Cosmos Legends in another match.
Mhlathe, who is supported by the Sedibeng municipality, has assembled the cream of Vaal Triangle on his side. They include Steve Lekoelea, Sailor Tshabalala, Pitso Lekone, Avril Phali, Mokete Tsotetsi, Ronnie Twala and Papi Zothwane.
"I would like to thank all the guys who agreed to celebrate the big day with me. We have made all the necessary arrangements for the day and expect to have fun all-round," said Mhlathe. "I will be making a big mistake if I don't thank and appreciate the support from Bra J (club boss Jomo Sono) and my teammates at Cosmos.
"I joined Cosmos in 1996 but spent almost a year with the juniors, where we also toured various countries in the world to play in development tournaments.
"Bra J promoted me in 1997. I made a dream debut by featuring in the Mandela Cup clash against Eleven Men in Flight of Swaziland in Nelspruit, where we won 4-2 ...
'The highlights of my career included when Cosmos won the Coca-Cola Cup in 2002 and 2005 as well as clinching the SAA Supa 8 in 2002," continued Mhlathe.
He was quick to point out that he was not planning to hang up his soccer boots any time soon. Mhlathe turns 27 on February 16.