Two learn from advice

2015-11-11 06:00
JUNIOR MOKAS (left), defender, and Tshepang Selemogo (midfielder) learned a life lesson at the Safa u.13 tournament.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

JUNIOR MOKAS (left), defender, and Tshepang Selemogo (midfielder) learned a life lesson at the Safa u.13 tournament. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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TWO young players, Junior Mokas and Tshepang Selemogo, participated in the national South African Football Association (Safa) u.13 championship, held from 7 to 10 October.

Junior is in gr. 7 and Tshepang in gr. 6, both at the Homevale Primary School, and they belong to the Blumanda-based Bush Bucks soccer team.

According to these two players, the highlight of their trip was when they were motivated by former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana player, Brian Baloi.

Baloi told them to dust themselves off and work harder to become better football players.

“That was after we had lost in both our games, because we did not get enough time to practice and identify our fellow teammates’ strengths. We felt very demotivated after the games as we also lacked confidence during the tournament. I am sure that is also the reason we lost – because we felt small,” said Selemogo.

“We only had one preparatory training session for the team the day before our departure.

“We feel we were not prepared enough for the tournament,” he added when asked about his experience during the games held in Kempton Park, Ekhuruleni.

The players said they would cherish the advice and use it to motivate their fellow teammates, as it would teach them never to underestimate themselves, even after losing a game.

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