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Khutlang must dream big

Moorosi Tsiane

SENIOR national team attacking midfielder Tumelo Khutlang made a remarkable start to his life in neighbouring South Africa by scoring on his debut Absa Premiership appearance for Black Leopards on the 18th of this month.

His side drew the match 2-2 with Chippa United in East London.

The talented winger had missed his teams’ first two matches as his paper work was still being processed.

Black Leopards coach Joel Masutha has come out publicly praising the former Lioli midfielder and has encouraged him to dream beyond Black Leopards.

I agree with Masutha since I also I think Khutlang has the potential to be the next biggest footballer to come out of Lesotho after the likes of Lehlohonolo Seema who played for Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic and Thabane Sutu who played for Egyptians big guns Al Ahly before going to the United States.

I was lucky enough to watch the match and was impressed with how Khutlang played with so much ease. He never showed any jitters and appeared like one who has played in the South African league for ages. The fact that he scored was just the icing on a performance which I believe deserved a man of the match award.

His goal last weekend was his second for the team as he also scored in their pre-season Limpopo tournament played last month.

In the first few minutes of the Saturday match Khutlang played a little too deep for an attacking player but as time went on he started to gel with the rest of his teammates. He played with so much confidence and I was not surprised that he played for 85 minutes before he was substituted.

This was a huge break for him and what is left is for him to just keep a cool head and work hard. The praises must not get to his head and he has to remain focused.

He has a clean track record in terms of discipline as he has never given coaches problems even off the field.

I just wish all these will not run into his head and start to make him to lose focus. But I trust him he has never been a player that give coaches trouble in terms of discipline especially off the field.

He has to continue dreaming as he is capable of achieving greater things just like Masutha said.

Leopards has given him a chance to learn and shine and he needs to use it as a stepping stone not to only promote himself but the Lesotho football fraternity as well.

It is my greatest hope that his compatriot Luciano Matsoso’s paperwork is processed early so that he can join him in the first team.

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