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Full name
Kermit Romeo Erasmus

Kermit Erasmus

Playing position



1.71 m


63 kg

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Date of birth
(1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 25)

Place of birth
Current teams
South Africa national football team (Forward), Orlando Pirates (#95 / Forward)

Jerome Erasmus, Delise Erasmus

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Kermit Romeo Erasmus (born 8 July 1990) is a South African professional footballer who currently plays for Ligue 1 club Rennes and the South African national football team. Though currently based in France, Erasmus has spent most of his career between South Africa and the Netherlands.


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Early career

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Erasmus was groomed by, and graduated from the SuperSport Feyenoord Academy (now SuperSport United Youth Academy) to join Feyenoord but remained at Supersport United on trial for 2007–08 season. During the campaign, Erasmus made 10 appearances and scored once as Supersport clinched their first ever PSL title.

Feyenoord and loan to Excelsior

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On 29 May 2008, Eredivisie side Feyenoord announced the signing of Erasmus on a three-year deal from South African affiliate-club Supersport United and handed him the no. 15 jersey for the 2008-09 season. He made only four appearances for the Rotterdam club during the campaign and in July 2009 it was announced Erasmus would be loaned to satellite club Excelsior in the Eerste Divisie for the following season. Erasmus, together with compatriot Kamohelo Mokotjo and six other Feyenoord players were loaned to Excelsior as a result of a new partnership between the two Rotterdam-based clubs.

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Erasmus made his debut for Excelsior on 8 August and netted a late, headed equalizer in a 2-2 draw Telstar. By the conclusion of the season, Erasmus had netted 12 goals in 30 appearances whilst on loan at Excelsior. He would not return to Feyenoord, however, and the no.15 jersey he had previously worn was handed to Mokotjo for the upcoming season. During his time in the Netherlands Erasmus was nominated for the 2009 CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year award but lost out in the end to Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah.

Supersport United

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On 10 July 2010, it was announced that Erasumus would be returning to South Africa to rejoin Supersport United after failing to make the grade at Feyenoord. Eleven days after his return, Erasmus made his second debut for Supersport United and scored what was described as a "sensational strike" in an MTN 8 loss against Moroka Swallows.

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On 26 May 2012, Erasmus scored the second goal in Matsatsantsa's 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final. He left Supersport United at the end of the following season having made over 50 league appearances during his second spell at the club.

Orlando Pirates

On 23 July 2013, Irvin Khoza, the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, confirmed the signing of Erasmus from Supersport United. The following day Pirates lodged a request to CAF for Erasmus to be registered for the upcoming CAF Champions League campaign. The request was denied, however, as Erasmus had already represented Supersport United in the CAF Confederations Cup earlier in the season. As per CAF regulations, a player is only eligible to feature for one club in CAF inter-club competitions during the course of a season.

The 2014–15 season proved to be the most fruitful of Erasmus' spell in Soweto as he netted a career-best 10 goals over the course of the PSL campaign. He also scored his first professional hat-trick on 2 May in a 3-0 CAF Confederations Cup win over Gabonese side CF Mounana. Erasmus then crowned the season off in style on 17 May by netting a match-winning brace as Orlando Pirates triumphed 3-1 over Bidvest Wits to lift the 2014 Nedbank Cup.

On 8 January 2016, Erasmus was named in the 18-man CAF Team of the Year. He had also been nominated for the 2015 CAF African-based African Player of the Year award alongside Orlando Pirates teammate Filipe Ovono but eventually lost out to Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania. Eight days later, he netted a late equalizer in 3-3 PSL draw with Maritzburg United, with Pirates having trailed 3-0 in the first half. The goal proved to be Erasmus' final contribution for the Sea Robbers as the following week he completed a move to French Ligue 1 side Rennes.


On 28 January 2016, Erasmus signed for Ligue 1 club Rennes on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He made his debut for the club on 13 March, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Pedro Henrique in a 2-2 draw with Lyon. His only other appearance for the season came on the final day of the campaign in a 2-1 loss to Bastia which saw Rennes end eighth in Ligue 1.

He made his first appearance of the following campaign in Rennes' opening match of the season, coming on as a second-half substitute for Gélson Fernandes in a 1-0 defeat to Nice.

Loan to Lens

On 21 January 2017, Erasmus signed for Ligue 2 side Lens for the remainder of the season.

Youth national team

Erasmus represented South Africa at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and scored three goals throughout the course of the tournament.

Senior national team

Erasmus was called up to the senior squad for the first time in March 2008 for South Africa's friendly against Zimbabwe. In doing so, he was in line to break the record then-held by former captain Aaron Mokoena and become South Africa's youngest ever full international. He did not take to the field and had to wait until 4 September 2010 before he made his debut, coming on as a second-half substitute for Katlego Mphela against Niger in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier. Erasmus had to wait a further three years before scoring his first goal for South Africa, finally netting in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Botswana on 7 September 2013.


As of 29 November 2016

1 Includes Telkom Knockout and KNVB Beker matches. 2 Includes MTN 8 matches. 3 Includes UEFA Europa League and CAF Champions League matches. 4 Includes Jupiler Playoff matches.


As of 24 March 2017.

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first.

Personal life

In 2010 Erasmus starred in the award-winning feature Documentary film Soka Afrika which highlighted the plight of young footballers across Africa. He is married to Lauren Koehoorn and the couple have two children together.


Supersport United

  • Premier Soccer League: 2007-08
  • Nedbank Cup: 2011-12
  • Orlando Pirates

  • Nedbank Cup: 2013-14
  • Individual

  • CAF Team of the Year: 2015
  • References

    Kermit Erasmus Wikipedia

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