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Date of birth  23 December 1953
Role  Footballer
Name  Wagga Likoebe

Years  Team
Playing position  Midfielder
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Full name  Lebohang Leonard Likoebe
Place of birth  Ladybrand, South Africa
Date of death  31 October 2006 (aged 52)
Died  November 7, 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa

Place of death  Johannesburg, Gauteng

Leonard Likoebe (23 December 1953 – 7 November 2006) was a South African professional footballer, who played as a winger for Zulu Royals, Wits University and Kaizer Chiefs.


Kaizer Chiefs

Born in Ladybrand, he played for Maseru United and later moved to Durban to play for Zulu Royals. He moved to Kaizer Chiefs in 1977. Likoebe left Chiefs in 1982 and joined Wits University.

Style of play

His former teammate Vusi Lamola described Likoebe by saying "He was a rare striker that always scored important goals, he seldom left the field without scoring.", which meant he was very prolific.

After retirement

He joined soccer development at the SAFA centre in Klipspruit in Soweto in 1985.

Coaching career

He was appointed head coach of National First Division side Ratanang Maholoisane in 2001.


He was named "Wagga Wagga" by fans after a champion racehorse that won the Durban July for his blistering pace.


He died on 7 November 2013 at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Auckland Park after a short illness. His tombstone was made by former Kaizer Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau's memorial service company Bataung Memorials. Likoebe is survived by his widow, his daughter, two sons and a granddaughter.


Likoebe was buried at the Avalon Cemetery on 11 November 2006. The service was held at the Roman Catholic Church in extension 2.


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