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Tragic story of fallen Kaizer Chiefs footballer and his comeback headed for TV

He was one of the youngest and best footballers in South Africa's soccer history and had the world at his feet, until it all went south! Junior Khanye's crazy comeback story will lit up the small screen when it debuts on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 166) on July 11.

Ex-Chiefs midfield Junior Khanye is giving fans a glimpse into his drama-riddled life as he tries to pick himself up and put back the most important pieces of his life on ‘Fixing the Game: Junior Khanye‘, coming to Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) from Thursday July 1l.

In the 14-part reality show, the former SA U/20 winger lets viewers in on his off-the-pitch journey as he makes an attempt in what he refers to as a “second chance at life”.

Renowned for his on-field dribbling skills, the Daveyton-born soccer talent lost it all during his heydays; he was so out of control he got involved in 15 car accidents and wrote off several vehicles at the height of his fame at Kaizer Chiefs, he once revealed.

Like many soccer stars before him, he went from being a giant in the football field, and living life on the fast lane – with expensive clothes and cars, and the wild partying in the mix – to brutal moments in poverty, living in a shack and going for two days at a time without meals at some point.

True to form, ‘Fixing the Game‘ follows him as he tries to get back at greatness; get his career life in order and be a good husband and father to his wife and four kids. But after brutal life’s lessons, some of which were documented in ‘I Blew It‘ on Mzansi Magic and the biography ‘Ghetto Ninja: The Junior Khanye Story‘, which unpacks the younger soccer player’s rise from poverty to soccer stardom, and his subsequent self-destructive fall from glory, it remains to be seen if this could be Junior Khanye’s comeback success.

“Everyone loves a good comeback story and ‘Fixing the Game‘ is one that we hope viewers will enjoy and also identify with,” says Shirley Adonisi, Channel Director for Local Entertainment Channels at MultiChoice. “We bring reality shows like this one not just for entertainment, but hopefully for valuable lessons from some of the most admired public personalities and how they navigate this game called life.”

The reformed naughty boy is now excited for the opportunity to rewrite his life story, this time as an author, entrepreneur, community builder and owner of a football academy. Better still, viewers will follow him as he makes a career-making turn as a football analyst.

“I know that not everyone gets an opportunity and platform like this one and I know it’s God’s way of helping me teach other people about making the right choices in life,” Khanye says, adding: “I am honoured and humbled and through this show, I want to be an example that every change you want in your life starts with you.”

Fixing the Game: Junior Khanye‘ premieres on Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163) on Thursday July 11 at 6.30pm.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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