The physically gifted and on form Jwaneng Galaxy defender Thero ‘Mahachi’ Setsile has become an unstoppable force in domestic football. Yet to reach his full potential, given his tender age of 23, Setsile has reached a milestone after becoming the BTC premiership season 2018/19 top goal scorer.
The talented star says his growing multitudes of supporters are yet to see the best of him on the pitch in the next season. The lanky and athletic defender promises to impress local supporters.
The South African bound and Maun born, 23-year-old star told Sun Sport that this past season was the very best of his football career and promises his supporters more of the ‘Mahachi’ charm.
Setsile has associated his name with the back of the net; he has been sweet to the eye, even at national level, where he made heads turn. Like lightening, Setsile would strike at high speed and leave many begging for more.
Quizzed about the terror he unleashes against his opponents on the field of play, Setsile simply said he was chasing great things and now is the time. “This season was very tough but I put in more effort, at the top of the list was the green boot and I can proudly say I got it, however, I still have more to offer in my career,” he said. Mahachi still has age on his side and the TS Galaxy opportunity came at the right time to spread his wings. Setsile will be at the club for a period of two years. He added that his heart is aching and giving him sleepless nights as he is anxious to get a feel of playing in a foreign league.
“Of course it is scary for me however I always tell myself that I have to be brave and walk a path less travelled if I want to make it as a prominent football player,” Setsile said. Taken back to the olden days when he was still seven-years-old, Setsile recalls that his father used to watch league games with him while his mother, on the other hand, warned him against playing football. Mahachi explained that his mother was very strict and it had to take a detailed convincing from his father that the mother eventually warmed up to the idea. “I am happy that I did not disappoint her and now she can look back with a smile on her face,” Setsile noted.
The young Mahachi then started playing at primary level in Francistown and one day while playing school tournaments, TASC development team was impressed by his performance and they took him under their wing. Ecco City Green would at a later stage show interest in him but his father warned him against signing a contract with a first division team. They would then move back home in Maun where he played for Sankoyo Bush Bucks in 2014/15.
“I played for only one season and a half under Coach Philane Mabhena and when he moved to Jwaneng Galaxy I followed him there,” he said with a wide smile. He and Coach Miguel Da Costa began on a rough note but in his opinion, it was a father guiding a son as he repeatedly told him that he has the ability to play four positions and can be one of the best players in Botswana. Few years down the line, his words have turned to reality as he is counted amongst the best locally.
The Senior national team care taker coach Mogomotsi Mpote, who is currently competing in the 2019 COSAFA championships in Durban, South Africa, recently mentioned that Setsile is a top performing player. Mpote explained that he was impressed by his consistence in terms of play and believed that the young man has great things in store.
Heelang, hands off journalists!
In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.
There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.
That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.
Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.
There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.
Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?
Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.
Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy
Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.
This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.
Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.
The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.
“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.
The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.
Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.