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Joel 'Fire' Seroba Answers Your Questions – Part 1

You asked and he answered. "Fire" is here to discuss all things football, gambling and life. This one is entertaining, so read on!

Hola Fire, how was it working with Jacob Sakala? I know he was a very funny coach. – Mora4Life

I still communicate with him even now. Trust me, with that guy, you'd be laughing all the time. Working with him felt like being at home. He was a father figure to us, his players. There were times when things were not going well, with the club going through financial burdens, and he would come to us to explain everything to us and encourage us to play, and we would do that. At times, he would tell you that you will start the next match, but then before that match the assistant coach would be the one announcing the starting line-up without your name in the team. Then, when you'd go to ask him why, he would simply point at his assistant! 

Who do you think is the best striker in the country right now, and why? – Mc triggero 

I don't see one because we don't have strikers in the country. We only have midfielders. The likes of Phil Masinga and Shaun Bartlett are not there. We don't have the likes of Jerry Sikhosana! When we talk of strikers, we're talking about the likes of Benni McCarthy, who used to score for the national team on a regular basis. We were scoring after them, as midfielders. The midfielders are the ones scoring in our country right now. The media calls someone a striker just because they're scoring goals. It's not like that. The ones I've mentioned above are your typical strikers. They used to stay in the box and their main duty was to score goals. These are the people who should be working with the national team coach.

Who identified you as a player? – Coolbaams

Junior Ramusi from Pietersburg. After playing my first Bafana Bafana match, I gave him my team jersey.  

You, Sam Magalefa and Thulani Serero all played for Mapetla Brazil ekasi, and that team developed a lot of good players. I know the team is no longer there and Mapetla is not as powerful like before, but what are you doing to make sure kasi stays on the local football map? – Bheekumza

We must encourage these guys. They must use the talent they have. Although I am not doing anything at the moment, I am planning to become a coach one day.

Hi Joel, I hear that, during your playing days, you gambled a lot. Do you still gamble? – Jay002 

Yes, I still do it. My family survives with the money I make gambling. Both I and my wife are not working, so this game puts bread on the table for my family.

Keep your eyes on Supporters Club next week for Part 2!


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