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‘Skopi’ ditches bad boy image


Moorosi Tsiane

DEFENDING champions Lioli playmaker Teboho Lekhooa has vowed to change his ways and focus on his career after off-the-field indiscipline issues caused him to go AWOL last season.

Affectionately known in football circles as ‘Skopi’, Lekhooa shot to prominence on the back of outstanding performances as Makoanyane XI skipper in the 2013 COSAFA under-20 tournament and Africa Youth Championship qualifiers.

Lekhooa went on a self-imposed sabbatical at the beginning of last season and only resurfaced at the start of the second round where he was only used on three occasions.

“Too many things happened which made me lose focus. I got involved in things I should not have and I lost my place in the team,” Lekhooa said.

“I have realised that my talent was going to be wasted that is why I needed to put my house in order and focus”.

“I got carried away somewhere along the way and focused on useless things like drinking and partying which were really bad for my career and I ended up going AWOL.

“I know many people want to know where I was last season but I think that is all in the past and needs to be left there. What is important is that I am back with the team and prepared to commit myself at Lioli,” the 21 year old midfielder said.

He said he had been sober since February and this proved how serious he was about his future in football.

“I have been sober since February and I do not think I will ever drink again because I really want to focus. I have been in good shape because I started training with the team during the pre-season.

I just got unlucky to pick an injury a week before the season started and this was just after the Alliance winter Cup tournament. But I will resume training next week,” he said.

The gifted midfielder admitted that breaking into the Lioli first 11 would not be easy but expressed his determination to work hard.

“It is not going to be easy because the team has been doing well but I am determined to fight for my place so I have to work hard and I am ready,” Lekhooa said.




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