“Playing soccer made me forget about my hungry stomach” – Goodman Mosele.

Baroka FC star, Goodman Mosele is indebted to his former coach that put the days of his life where he had to survive on R1 at school behind him as he can now afford to take care of his family.

“What made me have faith that things would work out for me I’d say it’s the situation at home. I would be given R1 yokuthi nditye esikolweni (to eat at school)  then come back home and there would be no food”, stated the player.

“I went to training with an empty stomach, that’s where I would even forget that I didn’t eat. I had to do it for me, but mostly  I had to do it for my family. I knew if I got recognized then the situation at home will surely change”, Said Mosele reliving memories from his past.

As a young boy ‘Pele’ looked up to former Kaizer Chiefs Central Midfielder David Mathebula and would often imagine himself playing in the Premier Soccer league like his role model.

“Local guys who played football in my area inspired me, they were so good that they made me fall in love with the game and I would go everywhere they played even if I was just their ball boy,” he said.

“Professionally I looked up to ‘DVD’ Mathebula, I liked everything about him, the passes, his expression to the game, it felt like it was me playing and I would even call myself by these players names” emphasized the player.

A Wiseman once said, “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark”, and while playing for a local team in Stillfontein in 2016, holding on to the dreams of providing for his family, stars were aligning for young Mosele, who would soon leave his home to fulfil his passion in a way that is shocking to him till this day.

“Mr Collins Mamabolo, the owner of the local team which I was playing for, out of nowhere he called and said to me that tomorrow we are going to Limpopo,  there are trials at Baroka. And that’s how my journey began as a professional footballer”, narrated the player on how he made his way into professional football.

“It’s a great pleasure for me to play in the PSL  you know, seeing young boys talking great things about me and looking up to me. Growing my family’s surname, putting food on the table, having mommy and daddy smiling and watching on their son’s progress in life really brings joy in my heart I don’t want to lie”,  he added.

The 21-year-old has played in the Nedbank Cup and Telkom Knockout for ‘Bakgakga’ and says even though he has had a tough start in the professional setup due to the lack of development of football in his hometown, he has managed to make a name for himself on these streets.

“There were many struggles when I first started playing in the PSL, I was just a 17-year-old boy who had just started playing for a professional team, I had never gone to any developments, I was playing for the first time in big stadiums with a crowd and it was really hard for me to adjust. I grew up here at Baroka and now I know the team in and out, it’s easier now to play“ said Mosele.

In his final words, he says “hunger, eager for change, heart, and the acceptance of being a man and having to provide  for my family at an early age is the only thing that took me from that life to this life that I’m living now..

Pele is one of the youngest players in the PSL with u/23 National caps and one of his greatest ambitions and goals, like any other rising star is to represent the country at its highest levels and play abroad. His focus at the moment is at Baroka FC in the DStv Premiership positioned number eight on the log with twenty-seven points and seven remaining games to conclude the campaign.

Author: Dumisani Koyana

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