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Dec. 24, 2021

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We must respect football - Makha

We must respect football - Makha

Likuena star midfielder, Tumelo Makha

Story highlights

  • Makha built a reputation as one of the bad boys of Lesotho football during his time at Lioli despite his immense talent
  • The lanky midfielder also attracted Sekhukhune FC

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LIKUENA star midfielder, Tumelo Makha says playing for South African First Division Side, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhahandila (TTM) in a professional set up has made him change his attitude towards football.

Makha had built a reputation as one of the bad boys of Lesotho football during his time at Lioli despite his immense talent.

He became a hot property after impressive displays for Lioli, which also earned him a call up to Likuena to eventually play at the COSAFA Cup in July.

The lanky midfielder was said to have also attracted Sekhukhune FC, where former Likuena Head Coach, Thabo Senong is the Assistant Coach and Swallows FC before settling for the Limpopo-based outfit.

“It was very difficult for me at the start joining a new club, where I did not know anyone and with people of different tribes speaking different languages,” Makha said.

“You have to adapt quickly to be part of team and do the work on the field of play, which was never a problem for me.

“Coming here and having to establish myself compared to what I had at Lioli, where I was one of the star players was a challenge by itself.”

The talented footballer, who is currently back at home for the Christmas holidays feels that moving to South Africa to play for TTM is preparing him for greater things in the future.

“Like I said, joining a new club is never easy especially in a foreign country, but it’s a challenge I’m embracing with both hands,” the Likuena playmaker said.

“I love it and I am working hard at all times to ensure that I make an impact. Luckily for me I hit the ground running and have been involved in almost all the matches since I joined the club.

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“The only games I missed were when I was still waiting for my work permit. You never know who is watching in every match and it is important to give it your best in every game because my goal is to move to the Premier Soccer League,” he said.

The player, who won his first cap for Likuena in a friendly match against Mozambique in June, admitted that playing in South Africa comes with better financial benefits as well.

Adds Makha: “I know where I come from and the importance of handling my finances well to look after my family.

“Our last match was in Cape Town and it was my first time being on a plane. I returned home by plane and this is all happening through a career in football.

“I respect football. We must always respect football because it is changing people’s lives every day. Coming here has shown me that football gets a lot of respect because it does wonders for people.”

 

 

 

 

 

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