“It has always been my dream to return to GU and when a chance availed itself to come here on loan, I did not hesitate. This is the club which will always be close to my heart because they made me what I am today. There were opportunities to join other clubs here and abroad but I felt the best thing was to come here (at GU). The reception I received from the management, technical team, players and supporters was second to none,” says Nato.
While his decision to come back to Botswana is seen by many as a drawback, Nato differs, “when the league ended in India (in December), my parent club Atletico Madrid (in the Spanish La Liga) wanted to loan me out to a lower division side in Spain. But it was going to take time before I get a work permit and that meant I was going to remain idle. So I felt that it’s best to come here where I’ll play immediately. I know people will have their own opinions but I’m proud of the decision I’ve taken together with my agent.”
Nato returns to the club when the race for the beMOBILE Premier League has intensified with the Reds lying on the fifth spot with 35 points from 20 matches. As things stand, GU trail log leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs with nine points and Nato believes that they have what it takes to snatch the title under the noses of Magosi.
“I would be happy if I can leave Botswana having helped the club to win the League title. It is possible but we need to show seriousness in the remaining matches. We need to avoid unnecessary draws and hope that other contenders drop points,” he tells Sunday Standard. In their next League match, GU travel to Serowe Sports Stadium to take on relegation candidates ECCO City Greens. In their first round clash, ECCO City Greens came from a 2-0 deficit to force a stalemate. It was a game which left many GU fans at Molepolole Sports Stadium on the day frustrated after the match. Despite the inconsistent performance they have put up this season, Nato believes that GU have one of the best squads in the League. “There is quality here and I fail to understand why results are not coming. I hope things turn out for the better in the remaining games.
The supporters have been fantastic since I returned and I would like to appeal to them to come to the games in large numbers. We need them in order to shine,” says Nato. GU secretary general Herbert Letsebe earlier this month told this publication that when an opportunity arose to bring Nato they did not think twice. He pointed out that the Mogobane-born midfielder is the kind of player they need in their quest to win the League and Mascom Top 8. “It is his experience which I believe will benefit us in the end. He will also serve as an inspiration to the youngsters we’ve in the team. They’ve been watching him on international television stations now they’ve an opportunity to rub shoulders with him,” said Letsebe.