Thursday, July 7, 2022

Kebonnetse raring to go again

He had a promising career and was touted to be one of the best strikers to have ever come from Botswana.

Aubrey Kebonnetse was an excellent player at both the national Under 17 and Under 20. He had a deadly combination with Mogakololdi Ngele who is fast making his mark in the senior national team, the Zebras.

From the Under 20s, he joined Township Rollers where he had limited game time because there were already established big players in the team. The then Technical Development Officer of the Botswana Football Association, Losika Keatlholetswe, once expressed concern to Rollers, saying they are impeding the growth of a future national asset.

Keatlholetswe even recommended Rollers to loan him to a team where he would play regularly.
Unfortunately for Kebonnetse, in the little game time he got, he was injured and by the time he recovered, got a scholarship to study in America, where he is currently based and plays college soccer. “Unfortunately when I was fast making a name for myself here in the US, I got injured again and I spent the whole of 2011 on the sidelines recuperating. Honestly, it was the most painful time of my life because I could not play for the national Under 23,” he told Telegraph Sports from Dayton, Ohio, in the US.

Kebonnetse, however, emphasized that he is now working hard to regain his full fitness and get himself selected for the US Premier League, Major League Soccer.

Kebonnetse added that he is benefitting a lot in terms of mental and physical fitness compared to when he was in Botswana.

“Honestly, the level of skill and tactical ability is lower in the US than here in Botswana but the physical fitness is very high. But I am happy because once I combine what I learned in Botswana with what I learn here, it makes me a complete player,” he said.

Kebonnetse is mainly renowned for his powerful headers that goalkeepers find difficult to deal with.


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