|Full name Thabo Matlaba|
Height 1.69 m
Name Thabo Matlaba
Weight 62 kg
|Playing position |
Role Football player
Career start 2010
Nationality South African
|Date of birth (1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 (age 27)|
Current teams South Africa national football team (Defender), Orlando Pirates (#8 / Defender)
Similar People Oupa Manyisa, Kermit Erasmus, Siyabonga Sangweni, Patrick Phungwayo, Thandani Ntshumayelo
Place of birth Tembisa, South Africa
Thabo "Festival" Matlaba (born 13 December 1987 in Tembisa, Gauteng) is a South African football (soccer) defender for Premier Soccer League club Orlando Pirates. He is known for his long range shots with both his feet. Although he plays mostly as a left back, Matlaba is naturally right-footed.
He made his debut for South Africa on 14 May 2011 versus Tanzania in an international friendly.
Matlaba scored his first international goal with a 40-yard (37 m) drive in a World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic on 23 March 2013.