From training with Tottenham Hotspur to acting – Eric Macheru

Eric Macheru, a celebrated South African actor, is best known for his portrayal of the character Leeto on the popular television drama series Skeem Saam. However, before his rise to fame on the small screen, Macheru was once a promising football player who had the opportunity to train with English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.







In 2005, Macheru won the reality TV soccer competition Soccer Kings, which provided him with the chance to train with the Tottenham Hotspur squad, which at the time featured notable players such as Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon, and Michael Carrick. Following his training stint with the renowned English club, Macheru signed with Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Despite being hailed as a rising talent in South African football, Macheru’s career was cut short due to a career-threatening injury. After this setback, he made the decision to transition into the world of acting, where he has since found immense success, captivating audiences with his portrayal of the on-screen character Leeto Maputla on Skeem Saam.Determined to explore new creative avenues, Macheru pursued a degree in film, equipping himself with the necessary skills to venture beyond merely reading scripts on camera. Currently, he is further expanding his expertise by studying multimedia at AFDA, aiming to channel his passion for advertising and communication.

Despite his recent recognition as Sowetan LIVE’s “Mzansi’s Sexiest,” Macheru remains grounded, describing himself as a simple person focused on the essentials. His primary concern is his work, particularly his role in the popular television series Skeem Saam, which has experienced tremendous success, attracting an audience of over 8 million viewers. Macheru is grateful for the unwavering support from the show’s devoted fans.

In recent years, Macheru has expanded his horizons beyond acting, establishing himself as a successful businessman with various ventures under his management. The actor’s journey from a promising football player to a celebrated thespian and entrepreneur has undoubtedly been a remarkable one, showcasing his versatility and resilience in the face of adversity.