Kgaswane relishes Baroka involvement

  • Aims to play for a ‘bigger team’

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

The senior national team (Zebras) and Baroka Football Club (South Africa) midfielder, Mpho Kgaswane says he is delighted by his recent performances in the South African Absa Premiership.

Kgaswane is currently enjoying his finest form ever since making his international move from Gaborone United last year January to join Baroka FC. He joined them on a three-year contract. The 23-year-old winger has 21 league appearances to his name with Baroka FC this season. He made seven starts and has scored on four occasions. He has also made two appearances in the Nedbank Cup eventually playing 1127 minutes for Baroka FC this season as compared to 246 minutes in the 2016/17 season.

In an interview, the speedy and skillful Kgaswane stated that his recent good displays are due to his ambition to play for a big and better team, “and looking at my current performances I’m soon going to achieve that. That however does not mean that Baroka is not a good team”. He said he did not let the recent changes in the technical team of Baroka FC affect his performance in the field. Former head coach, Kgololo Thobejane was dismissed and replaced by MacDonald Makhubedu on an interim basis. “I also relate well with him; there are good relations in our team and that is why we are winning.”

Kgaswane stated that his hard work keeps him moving. “You would notice that there is no much difference between the local and South African football,” he said. “It is just that that side they have better facilities and everything runs smoothly something which obviously has impacted my growth.” He scored his maiden ABSA premiership brace against Cape Town City on the 27th February 2018.

Otherwise known as Bakgaga ba ga Mphahlele, Baroka is currently placed seventh on the ABSA premiership log with 32 points out of 24 games. They have seven wins, 11 draws and six losses. They take on Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter final of the Nedbank Cup this Saturday.

Kgaswane is one of the five local players plying their trade in South Africa. Other players include Kabelo Dambe (Bloemfontein Celtics), Mogakolodi Ngele (Sundowns: on loan to Supersport United), Thabang Sesinyi (Platinum Stars) and Lebogang Ditsele (Highlands Park).

Meanwhile Kgaswane was in the first 11 and was substituted in the 56 minute when the Zebras won 1-0 against Lesotho in an international friendly played in Gaborone this past Saturday. The clash was used to bid President Ian Khama farewell and the Zebras’ sole goal was scored by Tebogo Sembowa late in the second half.