SHARE | Sunday, 01 March 2015 | By Ontametse Sugar
Ace goalkeeper Khune tells young local footballers in a coaching clinic, urging them not to neglect their studies
South Africa’s highly rated goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has encouraged young local footballers to push hard and aim to be the best without neglecting their studies. The Kaizer Chiefs player is among the world’s best goalkeepers, rated highly for his show stopping skills and his precise distribution. He was among the Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollerrs players who ran a coaching clinic at Lekidi Football Centre on Friday morning. The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC), through their Reba Bona Ha programme, organised the event. The young players managed to play with their stars, in which they got the rare chance of seeing Khune in the goal post and tried to score against him. Among the people that attended the clinic was BNSC Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thato Kgosimore and most of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) and Botswana Football Association (BFA) officers. The South African star with some of his team mates interacted with the kids and taught them a few skills that they need to know in the game of football. The tactical goalkeeper assisted the young footballers who were there, and they seemed fascinated to be with their idols. Players from Township Rollers were also available to share with the young ones, among them the star players Noah Maposa, Jerome Ramatlhwakwane and Tshepo Motlhabankwe. Khune told the young players to work hard at everything that they do, and know that with commitment and dedication they can be able to achieve whatever that they want to achieve. “I hope all of you guys are going to school, because education is very important; but train hard when you are not at school,” he encouraged. Botswana’s own Noah Maposa highlighted to the young stars the importance of education. He told them to never neglect that part because as professional as football gets; it is always easier when someone has certain qualifications. He expressed his appreciation of the talent that the young boys shown. “You guys should know that you are the future Zebras, so you should work hard at that. I could see the next Tsotso Ngele’s in most of you,” he said. BNSC’s Acting CEO Kgosimore thanked the local players that graced the event, and mostly Kaizer Chiefs for agreeing to share their experience with the young ones. He said this will go a long way in improving their talent development programme. “We will continue developing because that is the most important stage in making distinguished athletes who will make Botswana proud. The young boys have learnt a lot, and this will help them in a long way,” he said.