African suc­cess

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

RENEILWE LET­SHOLONYANE chuck­led loudly when asked about his longevity in the beau­ti­ful game.

And that’s be­cause the now 35-year-old, Su­per­Sport United mid­fielder, who was a spe­cial guest at the launch of the SAB Un­der-21 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in New­town yes­ter­day, was sim­ply try­ing to swot away the no­tion that the older the player, the more they un­der­per­form.

But Yeye was the op­po­site of that in his first sea­son with Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori af­ter part­ing ways with Kaizer Chiefs at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son.

In fact, the mid­field mae­stro played an in­te­gral role in help­ing the Tsh­wane side be­com­ing the first PSL side to de­fend the Ned­bank Cup, while also help­ing them to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of this year’s Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup tour­na­ment.

“Yoh bra,” ex­claimed Yeye, “if it comes, it will count as one of my big­gest achieve­ments. I would re­ally love to have that gold medal around my neck.

“We have a belief as a club that we can go all the way (to the fi­nal). We’ve been to other parts of the con­ti­nent and man­aged to come­back with a good re­sult. The same thing ap­plies with our up­com­ing trip to Zam­bia (which is two months away). We be­lieve that we can come back with a good re­sult from there against Zesco United given the ex­pe­ri­ence our coach, Eric Tin­kler, has on the con­ti­nent.”

Mean­while, Mat­sat­santsa re­ported for pre-sea­son train­ing to­day and Let­sholonyane hopes his per­for­mance in the up­com­ing sea­son will be im­pres­sive enough to con­vince his former coach, Stu­art Bax­ter, give him a call-up in fu­ture Bafana Bafana camps.

“If get a call-up, I would gladly oblige,” Yeye said. “I never said that I wanted to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball. Never ... Given the chance, I would gladly play for the se­nior na­tional team again.”

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