The current BTC Premiership top goal scorer – BDF XI’s striker Keagile Kobe – is reported to have caught the eye of Polokwane City coach. The team’s delegation that included Modiri Marumo attended Mascom Top 8 encounter between BDF XI and Township Rollers and were impressed by Kobe’s display. BDF XI coach Letang Kgengwenyane confirmed the developments, saying they had a chat with Marumo who indicated that the coach was impressed with Kobe’s performance. Kgengwenyane said Kobe was capable of playing in any league outside Botswana. He said if Kobe was not an employee of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) he would leave to play outside Botswana at the end of the season looking at his performance and growth. The 27-year-old Molepolole-born Kobe has been in a fantastic form scoring in almost every game. Kgengwenyane heaped praises on him, saying he is a hard worker even in training. “The guy is very skilful and is good in front of goal posts. His work rate is very high. I can easily say he plays what I call total football and experience has now set in, making him very confident in his game. He is also versatile because he can still play as a winger,” said Kgengwenyane. Having first seen Kobe back in 2011 when he was still at the then BMC, (Gilport Lions) Kgengwenyane said the player has grown tremendously. At the time he was a winger but he has now converted into a fully-fledged striker. Kobe, who joined BDF XI in 2014, has enjoyed his stay at the army side. In 2016 the energetic player was BDF XI’s top goal scorer. Though he is currently leading the BTC premiership goal scorers, he said, it is his love for football that he is currently playing the way he is. “I love football and I work very hard to do better in every game that I play,” he said.
His impressive performance this season has even earned him a much deserved call up to the national team, the Zebras. He said he is happy that at last he got the call. “It is every player’s dream to play for the national team. I always had this ambition. I was very happy to get the call up because it is important to represent your country,” he said. His coach is also excited about the call up, saying it came at the right time. According to Kgengwenyane, Kobe has always been ready for the Zebras call. “If you recall even last year he was in good form. I am happy that David Bright came in and called him before his time passed,” he said. Even though Kobe did not play against Gabon, the coach said he talked to him to keep working hard and never give up so that he can be given a starting position in the next call up. Asked about a move outside the country in future as it is reported that some teams are interested in him, Kobe said it will be a very difficult decision to make. Like any other player it has always been his ambitions to play outside Botswana but now that he is an employee of BDF it will take a very big convincing offer for him to make that move. “That will be a very difficult decision to make because I am an employee of BDF. Football career is very short so unless if it is a very convincing offer,” that is all he could say. Kobe started his soccer career in 2004 in Molepolole with Mosokotso Young Strikers, where he played for two years before joining Masitaonka in 2006. His maiden appearance in the premiership was in 2009 when he joined the then BMC where he played until 2013. In 2014 the army side poached him and he has been playing there since. He is currently looking to help his team improve its stand in the league after not starting very well.