Galenamotlhale – Magosi’s Unsung Hero

| May 13, 2015

When he started playing football at a tender age for North Stars at Gaborone’s Broadhurst location, Lesego Galenamotlhale’s dream was to one day play for the country’s most decorated team, Township Rollers.

He nearly achieved that dream when he joined Rollers’ development structures, but his hope crumbled when he was released because the coaches felt he was still too young.

That setback did not demoralise him because in 2002 he was signed by Mokgosi Young Fighters of Ramotswa which was campaigning in the First Division South.

At Mokgosi, he met the current Centre Chiefs’ assistant coach, Zaid Jalal, who was then at the helm of the Ramotswa side, and when Jalal joined Magosi later he took Galenamotlhale with him.

Renowned American civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr once said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Perhaps Galenamotlhale has once come across this quote because he is arguably one of the best midfielders the country has had in recent times, yet not much has been said about him.

He is confident on the ball, brings stability to his team’s midfield, and commands his territory with gusto.

He generally executes his job like King Jr’s imagined street sweeper.Since joining Centre Chiefs in the 20062007 season, he never looked back, and his performance reached the peak this season as Magosi’s engine room.

Galenamotlhale has attributed his good performance this season to Chiefs’ coach Mike ‘Dubula’ Sithole.

He said in an interview that the fact that the coach believes and has confidence in him motivates him to work harder.

“Dubula gave me a lot of confidence mind you, no one ever believed that I would play well in this position. Naturally I am a central midfielder, but the coach converted me to a defensive midfielder and that alone gave me a lot of enthusiasm,” he said.

Before Dubula arrived at Chiefs, there were rumours that Galenamotlhale was on his way to Gaborone United, but the midfielder said Sithole convinced him to stay.

“I was on my way to GU, but Dubula convinced me to stay and look where we are. We have won the championship because our coach has confidence in us as players and we are all happy,” he said.

This is the fourth time Magosi clinched the lucrative championship with Galenamotlhale being part of the achievement. He however dedicated this year’s feat to Chiefs supporters, whom he said stood by the team from day one.

He is adamant that although it is perilous for a player to judge themself, he has done exceptionally well this season he regrets having been overlooked for the Zebras line-up, but he will never lose hope.

“One day I will be playing for the national team. It is the dream of every player to play for their country. Any time they call me I will honour the gesture,” he said.

Talking about his future, he said his desire, like any player, is to play outside the country, but currently he will be concentrating on his team.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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