As a veteran of four Varsity Football tournaments with UP-Tuks, including the title-winning 2017 campaign Katlego Motlhatsang has quite the story to tell.
Here the 24-year-old BA Honours in Sport and Recreation student gives varsitysportssa.com some insight into who he is and his thoughts on football in South Africa:
Who has been your support base?
My biggest supporters are my parents because they always give me courage to play to the best of my ability. They also keep me grounded so that I do not lose focus or become complacent.
When did you decide to pursue a career in football?
I grew up [initially in Mopyane, northern North-West province and then in Pretoria] among a football crazy family; football was the theme of every weekend. I realised that I wanted to play football in high school because I had to make a decision in doing athletics or play soccer. I decided to play soccer and had gone through the youth ranks at TuksFootball Junior Programme. I was awarded a scholarship to join TuksSport High School and my passion for playing has grown ever since.
Your thoughts on the Varsity Football as a tournament?
Varsity Football is a great initiative because it opens a gap in football that student sports can be valued and over the years it has grown to show that student sports can contribute to the game of football.
What does it take to play in the National First Division, which has new sponsorship for this coming season?
Playing for AmaTuks in the NFD comes with big responsibilities. Not only because winning games is critical but with the conduct of professional conduct we abide by. The University of Pretoria is seen as the best institution in Africa, therefore playing for the team comes with a huge level of discipline and dedication.
What are your thoughts on professional football in South Africa?
In terms of our playing level, we are able to compete against the best. Where we lack is in terms of infrastructure and development.
By Dan Lombard