Makazole Mapimpi

Makazole Mapimpi at Spar. Image via Instagram @sarugbymag

Springboks Makazole Mampimp receives hero’s welcome [watch]

The Springboks wing, Makazole Mapimpi was appreciated by several South Africans who gave him an awesome hero’s welcome at Spar.

Makazole Mapimpi

Makazole Mapimpi at Spar. Image via Instagram @sarugbymag

Springbok player Makazole Mapimpi received a hero’s welcome after visiting an unknown Spar as seen in an Instagram video posted on Friday, 20 October – rugby fans were glad to see the winger appreciated by numerous South Africans after helping his team in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris, France.


South Africans came in numbers at Spar to give Springboks Makazole Mapimpi an amazing hero’s welcome. The video was posted after the winger was announced that he would not be participating in the upcoming semi-final game due to an injury he received while playing against Tonga. He was replaced by his teammate Lukhanyo AM.

The rugby star fractured his cheekbone just before his team’s victory against their opponents, BBC Sport reported. It was a bittersweet end as Mapimpi had to undergo surgery and miss out on the next Rugby World Cup games.

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Mampimi has an incredible story. He grew up in Tsholomnqa village in Mdantsane, East London in the Eastern Cape. The rugby incredible player was raised by his grandmother – this comes most of his family including his mother, brother, and sister passed away. South Africans proved to stand with Mampimpi as they honoured him with praise as seen in the Instagram video below…

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Makazole Mapimpi
Makazole Mapimpi. Image via Instagram @makazoli


“Even though Mapimps sad story of not having any family left, God Bless you with 62million new family members bro! We love you! He is a national treasure! 🙏🫶🇿🇦🤝👏💪🙌 #STRONGERTOGETHER,” @gomez_vr46 responded.

“He lost his family then God gave him the nation🇿🇦❤️‍🔥🙏🏽,” @deo27 said.

“Mapimp’s boys will be bringing a winner’s medal back you boytjie!!” @sreve_goodwinallen wrote.

“Man if this doesn’t make jou proud and shows you the impact of sport in our country, nothing will💚💚💚,” @mpev8 commented.

“This is beautiful Woolies people would never🙈,” @siyakhumalo058 replied.

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