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Keyona goalkeeper in demand

Posted: 11 September 2018 Time: 14:00

Nedbank Keyona Team goalkeeper Thabo Mogotsi has attracted interest from the PSL and NFD.

He played in the 2-1 loss to Nedbank Cup champions Free State Stars at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday, catching the eye with some fine saves to deny seasoned strikers Judas Moseamedi and Harris Tchilimbou.

Stars coach Luc Eymael confirmed his interest in Mogotsi when asked which opposing players impressed him on the day.

"Left-back [Sibonelo Majozi] and goalkeeper of the first half," Eymael told KickOff.com.

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"I think they have good potential, I would like to assess them. The goalkeeper I would like to asssess."

Witbank Spurs CEO Freddy Mapulane has also taken a liking to the 22-year-old from the Free State.

"The goalkeeper ... but they give PSL [clubs] first preference," he said referring to the Keyona draft system.

Mogotsi, meanwhile, was grateful for the platform to show his worth in Tembisa on the weekend.

"What I can say is I'm grateful for the opportunity Nedbank gave me," he said.

"It was a good opportunity. It's been a long time coming for me, people are chasing me up now ... Ja it's a good feeling. My family, my fellow friends, amajita at home, the community, they are happy. They are proud with what they saw."

All 16 Keyona Team players will get to train with a PSL team, with Mogotsi relishing the opportunity.

"We are still waiting for the draft on the 26th of this month, for the team that I'm gonna train with. I thank God for the blessing, making people to notice my talent. It shows I'm going somewhere in football with the talent that I have and it's joyful to me in a way that there's progress in what I'm doing.

"It's a good thing and a great thing to be wanted by teams in South Africa. I would welcome them with open arms. One thing that I know is that as a footballer I would like to play as many games as possible, and also to grow as a footballer and leave a legacy for myself in the coming years. So it would be a great opportunity for me.

"I'm a free agent at the moment, I'm not working. It's been football all along. I've been travelling, playing for Vodacom teams [ABC Motsepe League]. I went to East London, came back, went to Mpumalanga, came back, went to Bloemfontein Celtic for a month then they were impressed with me. I was supposed to sign but the team that I was playing for. We had some issues in terms of me getting my clearance, it was a misunderstanding between the two teams.

"There was a stipend in the Vodacom League but it wasn't an easy thing for me. There were moments whereby I had to spend some few months without having these stipends, but I had to be patient and know that God had a plan for me.

"There are several teams that I went to like Real Kings. I trained with them for a month. I went to Polokwane to Magesi FC in the Vodacom League. I remember we were playing a friendly game with Polokwane City's MDC team. They were interested in my services, unfortunately according to Magesi they didn't want me to go because they believed they wanted to use me.

"I remember when I was playing for my first Vodacom team in 2015 I was earning R500 for my first stipend, and with that money I only bought toiletries with it. The second one increased with R500 to make it R1000."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha

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