Thabang Monare to put a close friendship on hold when Bidvest Wits face Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 20 November 2017 Time: 16:05
Bidvest Wits midfielder Thabang Monare will be putting his friendship with Mamelodi Sundowns striker Thokozani Sekotlong aside when the two sides meet in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday evening.
Monare and Sekotlong go way back to when they both plied their trade in the National First Division with University of Pretoria, but their relationship will be on hold when Wits host Sundowns at the Bidvest Stadium tomorrow at 19h30.
Monare joined The Clever Boys at the start of last season and played a influential role in helping the club bag their maiden league title in their 96-year history earlier this year, prompting a congratulatory post on Instagram from Sekotlong.
A couple of months later, 'Thoki' secured a move to The Brazilians, after falling out of favour at Free State Stars towards the end of his contract, and Monare reciprocated the love with a congratulatory post of his own.
"It was great seeing him moving to greener pastures. As friends, we've been through a lot, and we continue to go through a lot, yet we stay strong and we're keeping our competition within our friendship healthy," Monare tells KickOff.com.
"I met Thoki at Tuks when I arrived there in 2009. I don't actually know how it happened, but we just happened to click because I was close friends with Aubrey [Ngoma], and he was already friends with Thoki, so that's how we met."
This will not be the first time they will be coming up against one another, having twice clashed during last season when Wits beat Stars 3-1 in their first round league tie and again in the return fixture, which Ea Lla Koto also won 3-1.
This time around their is more than just three points at stake, with the two having made a bet on whether Sekotlong will score or not, with the winner set to R300 come the end of the match.
"We played against each other before. The game I remember was when we beat Free State Stars 3-1 at the Bidvest Stadium last season and, even though we won, I was so angry that 'Thoki' scored the goal for Free State Stars," he adds.
"Tomorrow's game will be a big one, we're obviously looking at Sundowns as a team, and I wouldn't actually mind coming up against my friend, but I wouldn't want him to score.
"I was with him on Sunday after the Chiefs game, and he told me he is going to score, so we had a bet – if he scores, I'm going to have to pay him R300 and if he doesn't he's going to have to pay me R300."