It is often said soccer players are the most fashion-conscious people in the sporting world and Kermit Erasmus hopes to take his love for flashy clothes to the next level.
The Port Elizabeth-born soccer player and snappy dresser uploads pictures of his attire on his social network profiles on a daily basis to show off his sleek fashion sense. So it’s no wonder shopping for clothing is one of his favourite hobbies.
The talented player’s biggest dream is to have his own clothing label one day. But how did this love affair start?
“Well, my love for fashion actually started back in the days when I used to play in Holland,” Erasmus said.
“Fashion in Europe was different from in South Africa during that time and that’s what attracted me.
“It was something new and something different.
“I started to discover other brands and fell in love with the styles.”
The former SuperSport United striker describes his style as “simple but different with a touch of nice detail”.
Although he has yet to find a suitable name for his clothing line, Erasmus said he would like to come up with a good-quality and detailed label at an affordable price.
The 26-year-old said this would make his clothing different from existing brands.
Asked if his wife often came to him for tips on what to wear, the striker responded: “Yes, sometimes. But usually it’s other way around – she gives me advice.”
The former Orlando Pirates player grew up playing in the Northern Areas Football Association structures and started his professional soccer journey at SuperSport United Youth Academy in 2007.
Erasmus, who attended West End Primary, later joined the first team.
He made 10 appearances, scoring once, as Matsatsantsa won their first Premier Soccer League title.
“It was only when I was 12, when I moved to Johannesburg, that I realised I wanted to be a successful soccer player,” he said.
In 2009, Erasmus signed a three-year deal with Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam, where he only made four appearances and was later loaned to SBV Excelsior.
The following year he returned home and rejoined United, and in 2013 he signed for Pirates.
Having spent most of his football life between South Africa and the Netherlands, and having recently made a move to France to play for Stade Rennais, the father of two said: “I enjoyed playing football in all the leagues I played in, because those experiences helped me improve over the years as a footballer.
“Every league is different, but how I experience the French league is that the game is faster and there is very little room for mistakes.”
He made his debut for Rennais recently during their 1-0 defeat against Nice.
Asked about his debut, Erasmus said: “It’s always good to be on the field and I was happy to get the opportunity to play.”
He sees himself still playing in Europe for the next five years.
“In football I would like to be remembered as a player who never gave up on his dreams and career.
“Where there is a will there is a way. I hope to inspire the young generation,” he said.
But the former Matsatsantsa player said he did not see himself going into coaching like many retired footballers do.
In previous years, Port Elizabeth struggled to have a PSL-based team and as a result many talented soccer players like Erasmus had to leave home to play in other cities in order to turn professional.
Now the Bay has Chippa United, who are entering their third season in the PSL.
Asked if he thought the Chilli Boys had what it took to be among the top four clubs in the PSL, Erasmus said: “I think every team in the PSL has the ambition to be one of the four teams, it’s all about hard work and dedication.
“Every season is a new start, new opportunity and full of surprises.
“PE will always have a special place in my heart – it’s the city where I was born and bred.”