Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ midfielder Lesego Galenamotlhale was the biggest winner at the beMOBILE Premier League awards over the weekend, after pocketing P95, 000 in prize money for his sterling performance this season. Galenamotlhale won P75, 000 after being named player of the season and an additional P20, 000 for the bePlayer of the season award.
The bePlayer of the season award was introduced this year and it allows fans to vote for the best performing player through sms. In the race for the two awards, Galenamotlhale who joined Chiefs in 2006 faced stiff competition from Township Rollers’ wonder kid Segolame Boy. He received a standing ovation from his team mates when his name was announced as the best player in the just ended league campaign.
The media-shy star hugged each and every one of his team mates before heading for the podium. In an interview with this publication, Galenamotlhale said, “Honestly when I left my house I was confident that I’ll take this (player of the season) award. I had no doubt that I performed well in the past season. I think it was my best season ever and I would like to thank the management, technical team, teammates and supporters for having been there for me throughout.”
Galenamotlhale played 28 matches for Magosi this season, missing two league games against Extension Gunners and Notwane due to suspension. It was his influence in the middle of the park that ensured that Chiefs controlled the proceedings against their opponents. As he looks forward to the next campaign, Galenamotlhale said he will be very happy if he lands a contract to play in neighbouring South Africa.
“I would like to play abroad because I believe I’ve achieved my dreams here at Chiefs since I came here as a young boy,” the 28 year old midfielder said.
Galenamotlhale has won four League medals with Magosi since joining the club in 2006. According to football commentators, it is his discipline which has seen him continue performing consistently over the years. Despite being excluded from the national team which will be facing Uganda in the African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend, Galenamotlhale pointed out that he will continue working hard hoping that some day, he will be called up for duty.
“It is my wish to represent my country but at the moment the focus is on doing well for my club,” he added. In a touching moment, Galenamotlhale dedicated his bePlayer of the season award to all football supporters who perished on the roads due to car accidents in the past season.
“It has been a tough season considering the number of lives that were lost on our roads. Supporters sacrifice a lot throughout the season to travel to our games at their own expense and it is always painful to lose them. I would like to thank those who voted for me because their vote meant a lot. Every time I go into the field, I’ll always make sure that I represent them to the best of my ability,” he said.
Other winners on the night were as follows;
Young Player of the Season: Onkabetse Mankgatai (Nico United)
Coach of the Season: Mike Sithole (Mochudi Centre Chiefs)
Players’ Player of the Season: Segolame Boy (Township Rollers)
Goalkeeper of the Season: Mosimanegape Robert (Orapa United)
Referee of the Season: Kutlwano Leso
Assistant Referee of the Season: Moemedi Monakwane
Chairman’s Award: Kitso Kemoeng