DURBAN - At the age of three Mpumelelo Makhaye was already uttering the words "ball."
Never in his life did the young man think he would ever be separated from football, but his career gave way to a calling of being a Sangoma.
Makhaye’s football career looked bright in primary school especially after being compared to the likes of former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy.
Things seemed to be heading in the right direction for Makhaye when a football agent Jean-Pierre saw potential in him at the Danone tournament in Durban and took him to Paris for trials at PSG.
“We went to France and I trained with the Under-18's of PSG for a month and four weeks. Jean-Pierre was orchestrating everything I was just focusing on football and then one day when he was close to finalizing.... those situations.... my legs were not working", Makhaye said.
"I couldn’t get out of the bed and Jean-Pierre was stressed...so we go to Paris Medical care and there was no diagnoses...to Munich no diagnoses went to London no diagnoses...Copenhagen no diagnoses of this paralysis", he explained.
When Makhaye returned to South Africa unable to talk or eat, he had no choice but to consult with a traditional healer.
"We went back home and four months and I can’t walk can’t even eat I don’t know what’s happening."
Makhaye decided to leave for Mozambique where he would be taught about Ndawu Spirits as he realised there was no way he could play football and become a healer.
Never in his life did he think he would be separated from football, which he felt was his soul mate.
“I was broken...when that happened I felt like my soulmate had deserted me.
Watch the full interview in the video above.