Saturday, April 13, 2024

“CCtv” wishes Zebras luck

Jwaneng Galaxy midfielder Lebogang Ditsile comes out as a man who holds no grudges. 

He insists he is behind the Zebras despite being dropped two years ago over alleged misconduct. 

The towering Galaxy engine revealed that the Zebras stand a better chance of qualifying for their second Afcon appearance, after making their maiden appearance in the 2012 finals held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. 

As many pundits’ advocate for Ditsile’s return to the national team fold for the crucial last games of the Afcon qualifiers, the midfielder remains ready to soldier on for his nation. 

Speaking to Sunday Standard, Ditsile said he keeps on working hard with the hope that he will one day return to national colors. 

“I have been working hard for my team Galaxy and maybe I will get a call for national duty one day but I always speak to players in camp and wish them luck ahead of the two upcoming matches,’’ said Ditsile.

Following CAF confederation cup and champions league matches against DStv premiership giant Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively, Ditsile’s performance has been ululated with rumors suggesting offers flooding to the former ABSA premiership player. 

Asked whether he is interested in being part of the squad against Zimbabwe and Algeria, ‘CCtv,’ as Ditsile is affectionately called, said it is every player’s wish to fight for his country although it is not his choice to be part of the team.

“To be honest, everyone makes mistakes and learn from them. I have changed now and hold no grudges. I have been part of the national set up from the junior teams and not saying I am entitled for selection,” he explained. 

“I will always fight for my country whenever selected as it runs in my blood. It is only that the last call up by the coach I was not well and the coach might have believed that I shunned the call up but I will never turn down my country,” said Ditsile. 

“It is a privilege to don national colors and wish the team best of luck when they lock horns with Zimbabwe and Algeria in March,’’ he added.

The 24-year-old midfield maestro boasts of more than 20 senior national team caps with experience of plying trade in the South African ABSA premiership at the age of 20. 

During his time with the premiership side Highlands Park a few seasons ago, Ditsile made six appearances before returning to the Botswana Premier League (BPL).

Some of the players pardoned following suspension from the national team include the likes of Mothusi Johnson, Onkabetse Makgantai and Thero Setsile who were booted out in 2019 after being caught drinking alcohol in camp.


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