The si­lent storm

Sunday Express - - SPORT - Moorosi Tsiane

Li­oLi left-back, Bokang Sello, goes about his busi­ness so qui­etly and ef­fort­less one hardly no­tices his pres­ence — only to ap­pre­ci­ate his im­por­tance to the Tey­ateya­neng-based premier­ship out­fit if he hap­pens not to be in the team that day.

Solid when break­ing up op­po­si­tion play and danger­ous on the over­lap, the 21-yearold wing­back on Thurs­day took the Sun­day Ex­press on his in­cred­i­ble jour­ney from lower league foot­ball to the pre­mier league and how mak­ing it into the Li­oli start­ing eleven was such a strug­gle.

“i joined Li­oli in 2010, from a B Di­vi­sion side called Em­manuel FC from Qoal­ing. So you can un­der­stand that it was never go­ing to be easy to break into the start­ing line-up be­cause of the qual­ity Li­oli had at the time, and also where i was com­ing from.

“it was, in­deed, a dream come true for me be­cause play­ing along­side the likes of Mot­lalepula Mo­folo, who i ad­mired so much be­fore i came here, was some­thing i had never imag­ined could hap­pen.

“But here i am, don­ning the fa­mous colours of one of the big­gest clubs in Le­sotho, and lov­ing ev­ery minute of it,” Sello said.

How­ever, the de­fender said his first weeks at the club were so frus­trat­ing he nearly quit be­cause com­pe­ti­tion for places was so high.

“There were times i felt like leav­ing the team be­cause of the fierce com­pe­ti­tion but I had a very strong sup­port base, par­tic­u­larly the club’s man­age­ment, which be­lieved in me. Be­cause of this back­ing, i de­cided to stay and fight, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion even­tu­ally paid off, but af­ter re­ally testing my pa­tience.”

The Mat­sieng-born young­ster said he only started play­ing foot­ball in 2003 af­ter be­ing en­cour­aged to take-up the sport by his mother who feared he might get into mis­chief “on the streets” if he did not have some­thing mean­ing­ful to do.

“i was born in Mat­sieng but moved to HaThet­sane with my mother when i was still very young. That’s where i did my pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Likotsi and later went to Le­sia High School,” Sello said.

“As a kid, I would fight with my mates most of the time, so my mother was ad­vised to find me some­thing to do, just to take me off the streets. me to do even bet­ter be­cause i would want to re­pay their sup­port by win­ning some­thing for the club.”

Sello fur­ther said he was happy to be called into the na­tional team that is pre­par­ing for the Cosafa tour­na­ment to be held in South Africa in May this year.

“i feel greatly hon­oured to get a na­tional team call-up af­ter be­ing drooped last year head of the 2015 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers. Hope­fully, I will make it this time around, and prob­a­bly at­tract for­eign teams should i play and do well in the tour­na­ment.

“i know it will be hard to make it into the fi­nal squad, but I am work­ing hard to make sure it hap­pens.”

How­ever, the de­fender said he also hoped to fur­ther his stud­ies to en­sure he has a ca­reer out­side foot­ball.

“i was raised by a sin­gle par­ent and i am an only child. i did not do well in Form E so i still have to sup­ple­ment my stud­ies be­fore i go to ter­tiary school. How­ever, i can’t do this right now be­cause my mother is not feel­ing well and she is not go­ing to work. So the money i am earn­ing through foot­ball is the one keep­ing our fam­ily go­ing.”

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