Skhwama: 'I won't change for anyone'

Premiership

Ex-Baroka FC crowd favourite Tshepo Matete is not prepared to change his style of play for anyone despite failing to reach the elite level of local football.

The former winger turned defender also dismisses the popular belief that his style of football is what turns the top PSL clubs away from him.

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'Skhwama' is known for what is these days referred to as 'showboating' rather than true Mzansi diski.

"The style of play, I don't think it had something to do with me parting ways with Baroka," Matete tells KickOff.com.

"I took it as a learning curve, and I don't think... obviously if you are someone skillul people will judge you on that. But for me I don't see my football being that different, to say it doesn't take people forward or something like that.

"I create you know, I'm a creative player. If you've got skill, you have to create. It's just that at Baroka maybe I didn't have that chance you see.

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"If I can get a chance as I currently do at Tuks, I will show people that... and I will not change for anyone. This is my chance to show people it was not a fluke [playing in the PSL].

"I didn't take it as failure you know. I don't want to say much about my experience at Baroka but I didn't feel like I failed. But a lot happened you know. That's why you would hear stories about Skhwama drinking... I'm not like that.

"Once I'm in football I'm happy. I didn't feel like a failure, I always told myself that I will come back even much better and stronger. You know, life challenges us in different ways. It's how we respond that is important.

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"Yes, there are challenges because honestly these boys who are playing in the sides they are speedy. But the coach [Tuks coach Zipho Dlangalala] helped me a lot to play the seven games that I have played so far.

"Obviously playing at the back, whatever you do it can turn against you. But the coach is not limiting anyone, he is always encouraging me to play my own game, but cautiously.

"I won't say playing left-back limits me, but because this position is still new to me, at times I find myself limiting myself."

Matete, who last season played for Botswana Premier League giants Township Rollers, says he hopes to win promotion with University of Pretoria to fulfill his dream of playing Absa Premiership football again.

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"I went there [to Botswana] for a season. When everything came to an end I decided to come back. I stayed without playing for almost a year. I think I spent a season without a team you see," he explains.

"Then AmaTuks came. I have signed a six- month contract due to them exhausting their budget. Obviously it's every player's dream, my life in the PSL was short-lived. Life challenged me the way it did.

"I would like to gain promotion with AmaTuks. To be honest the comfort I get from the coach, it's not every coach who can allow you to do certain things. I do want to go back to the PSL but at the moment I'm just concentrating on helping AmaTuks."

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