When friends become foes: Part 1
Posted: 20 November 2017 Time: 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Thokozani Sekotlong spent Saturday night with Bidvest Wits midfielder Thabang Monare, ahead of their Absa Premiership meeting at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday.
This was just after the Clever Boys had beaten Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 to progress to the Telkom Knockout final.
Sekotlong and Monare played together at University of Pretoria and they have been friends for about eight years now, but it’s during times like these when the best buddies don’t see eye-to-eye because their loyalties lie with the clubs they play for.
Sekotlong is itching to get a win over the Clever Boys to get back at Wits for snatching the league title away from the Brazilians last season. Plus there's also the bragging rights he'd have over Monare if Sundowns win.
“Funny enough I was with him after their game against Chiefs on Saturday. We were having a conversation about the game, arguing and so on. It was nice. Even though off the field we are very good friends, it's not the same when we are on the pitch. If he wins, I say congratulations to him and if I win, then he says congratulations. After the game we shake hands and it’s back to normal,” the former Free State Stars forward tells KickOff.com.
“We played together at Tuks, so I have known him for years. Me, Aubrey [Ngoma] and Thabang are very close. When we are not on the pitch, we spend time together. We rely on each other for anything.”
Sekotlong knows Monare will give Sundowns a tough time in central midfield. Monare has grown to become one of the best midfielders in the PSL, playing a key role in the Clever Boys’ success last season, when they won the league and cup double.
“He’s been exceptional for Wits,” Sekotlong says.
“He’s grown to greater heights and you can see this with his play and confidence. The last time he was angry with Aubrey Ngoma because Wits lost three times to Cape Town City [in the MTN8 semi-finals and in an Absa Premiership match] this season,” Sekotlong laughs.
Whether or not he gets to play tomorrow night in this big league encounter, Sekotlong is hoping Sundowns can collect the three points and move closer to log leaders Baroka FC.
Sundowns are currently in eighth place on 12 points, five behind Baroka, while Wits are second from bottom on eight points.