“Talent alone is not enough”
Saketso Moremi, 23 years old from Kagiso recalls the day he took a chance that changed his life forever as the mighty Buccaneers held trials in his province for aspiring young talent.
‘’I was 17 years old when Orlando Pirates were hosting trials all over Gauteng, but in different places and I attended the ones held in Dobsonville, Soweto. Honestly, I did not want to play for Pirates, I have been a Kaizer Chiefs supporter for a long time’’, reminisced the young star.
As the old saying goes, ‘fortune favours the brave’, since that day the midfielder has been playing for Ezimnyama Ngenkani for nearly a decade. The journey for the West Rand born star swiftly began as he made it through all selection rounds of trials on the day to being evaluated further at the Bucs training grounds in Mayfair.
Although it was a ‘’Long walk to freedom’’ for the playmaker with a style of play like Spanish footballer, Thiago Alacantara, after a month of assessment he put pen to paper as he was handed with his first ‘’Pro-football’’ contract.
‘’I played the first game and got selected immediately. I waited for the final round of selection for the day, I made it through that round as well and that is when we were told to report to Mayfair the next day for further assessment. It took almost the whole month before I could sign with the development team, after that first signing seven years ago, I have been playing for Orlando Pirates.’’
It was during the Multichoice Diski Challenge that ‘Nyoso’, as he is affectionately called by his peers that he met the likes of Zakhele Lepasa who now features in the first team for the Buccaneers. The two young players developed a friendship on and off the field, they shared a room during these days and went through football tribulations together.
Lepasa’s call up into the first team provoked a deeper desire for Nyoso to stay the course as it was now more than ever, evident that dreams do come true, and success is around the corner.
‘’His success motivated me in so many ways. In order to make it, you must keep on working hard so that when your chance comes it finds you prepared.
You have to be prepared mentally; football can kill you if you are not mentally prepared for it. if you are not right mentally, you cannot play’’, said Saketso as he prepared to get into more details.
He continued and said, ‘’What I learnt from Zakes is that talent alone is not enough. He never stopped believing in himself even when he never played a single game in the MDC. When it came to Castle league games, he was always on the scoring sheet. He had this beast mode about him, out of the blue he would do push-ups and sit-ups. I learnt a lot about hardships, patience, faith and most importantly discipline from the time I spent with him at development.’’
Saketso formed a part of Pele Pele FC that promoted the Buccaneers’ SAB league squad to Vodacom league (Now called ABC Motsepe league). His long-term goal and ambition are to make an appearance eSigodini with the first team.
‘‘I would love to play at Orlando Stadium and represent the team well’’ Said the 23-year-old.
‘’I mean after all I am their product; I want to play in the first team one day and win trophies with the team, then only after I have brought success to the club I can go play anywhere. I have to thank them for all they have done for me’’, he added.