This week the Siya crew caught up with football agent, Kabelo Sibiya, in an exclusive Q&A.
In this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 947, we invited you, our readers, to log onto the Soccer Laduma Supporters Club, where you can read an exclusive interview with Sibiya.
The Siya crew’s Masebe Qina got in touch with the football agent. Hope you enjoy the read. Cheers... Eddie.
Masebe Qina: Let’s get straight into it Kabelo. Tell us about Mohau Mokate and Pagiso Sanoka’s progress at Maritzburg United this season?
Kabelo Sibiya: The two boys are doing good, though it has been tough. Mohau Mokate has been finding it difficult to break into the starting 11 this season, but every time he has been given a chance to play for the team as a substitute he has shown a lot of promise. By now I thought that he would have been given a chance to start, but that is up to the coach (Clive Barker) to decide. It’s what they see in the player and the other strikers at training. But putting in context, the boy scored three goals in their 5-0 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge last weekend. Hopefully, he will get to start for the first team soon.
MQ: What about Sanoka?
KS: Sanoka has made a lot of progress at Maritzburg this season. He has made a couple of appearances in the 18-man match day squads and there have been a lot of good signs for him from his performances in the MDC. He was the Man of the Match in one of the games, so there have been a lot of positives about the boy’s progress.
MQ: You took Lehlohonolo Marumo to the University of Pretoria for a trial before he signed with Vasco da Gama in the NFD. Why did he not sign for Tuks?
KS: The Vasco da Gama coach (at the time), Tony de Nobrega, once worked with the player at Bloemfontein Celtic, during his time at the club. The boy was playing for the Celtic Colts at the time. So Tony knew the boy from there. It was not very difficult for the boy to convince the coach that he is a good player. As for Tuks, they said they were looking for an experienced player in his position. But the boy did well during his trial with them.
MQ: Despite not getting enough game time at Tuks last season, Lucky Mathosi signed a new contract at the club. How did that come about?
KS: Lucky is a very humble boy and a hard worker. Whenever he has been given a chance to play he has proven himself. That’s what led to the club holding onto him. It’s all about hard work and the respect for the technical team. He has never complained about anything whether he is playing or not. He has been scoring goals for Tuks in the MDC, showing signs of a good striker.
MQ: You facilitated the move for Namibia national team player Peter Shalulile to Highlands Park. How did it happen?
KS: During the Cosafa Cup earlier this year I went to watch the games at the Moruleng and Royal Bafokeng Stadium. I saw Peter playing for his national team and I was very impressed with what I saw.I spoke to the Namibia national team coach about the player himself and referred me to their team manager. The team manager referred me to the player’s club in Namibia. I reached an agreement with the player and his club and spoke to Highlands Park about the player, and it turned out that they had also seen the boy play during the Cosafa Cup. It was not that difficult to convince them on bringing the player to the club. He came here for a one-week trial in Johannesburg and did well.
MQ: You seem to have a good relationship with clubs in other African countries like Namibia and Botswana. Are you planning to bring more players to the PSL?
KS: I’m also busy with my connections in countries like Zambia and Zimbabwe. You must remember the boy I brought to Platinum Stars, Patrick Kaunda, he is from Zimbabwe. He was playing in Botswana before he came to the PSL. Wherever I see a good player I feel jealous about letting the talent go to waste. There are many other countries on the continent and they are also our brothers. That is what is pushing me to try and help them.
MQ: Talking about Kaunda, he came to the PSL with a reputation of being a top striker with the 20 goals he scored in the Botswana Premier League the previous season. He struggled at Dikwena and was loaned out for this season. Why did he struggle in the PSL?
KS: It took him time to adjust at Platinum Stars. He started out as a winger at the club as the club was missing some players on the wings at the time. They thought it was good for the club to use him as a winger at that time because of their crisis on the wings. By the time they needed him as a striker the other players were doing well up front and scoring goals. Lack of game time was the main reason for his situation at the club, but as we are speaking the player is back in Botswana. He is playing for Botswana Defence Force and doing very well at the moment. He has scored four goals and his club is 2nd on the log, behind Township Rollers. In eight games he has played since his return to Botswana he has picked four Man of the Match awards.
MQ: We thank you for your time, Kabelo.
KS: It’s been a pleasure, man.