When flying winger Lemponye ‘FC’ Tshireletso resigned from the army to join high-spending Mochudi Centre Chiefs in July last year, the move left the football fraternity speechless.
Nobody could have seen the move coming but Chiefs were celebrating their biggest catch following the departure of Joel Mogorosi to South African Premier League side, Bloemfontein Celtic.
At the time, Tshireletso told those close to him that joining the ambitious Kgatleng giants was the best thing to do. Since his publicized move, Tshireletso has failed to live to the expectations leading to speculations that he is not happy at his new home.
At some stage, it was reported that the speedy winger was even considering terminating his contract to return to BDF XI. It all turned out to be mere speculatios as he remains at Magosi.
Since the beginning of the 2014/15 Premier League season, Tshireletso has shown signs of his old form when he used to be a menace to opposition defenders.
Last Saturday, he sent a message to football lovers when he netted a hattrick in a League game away to FC Satmos in Selebi-Phikwe. The three goals took him to top the charts of goalscorers with nine goals.
In an interview with this publication, Tshireletso said until he heard it from the media, he was not aware that he is topping the charts.
“I was surprised when I heard that I was leading the charts. My plan during the game is to score and help my team to win games. Personal glory comes second and I would be lying if I can tell you that I want to win the top scorer award,” said the Palapye-born star.
He added that he was so happy to have netted a hattrick which helped his club to a 4-2 win over struggling FC Satmos. According to him, the goals took a lot of pressure off him because he has not performed to the expectations since joining Chiefs.
“I know I’ve received a lot stick since I came here (at Chiefs) from BDF XI. I agree that I’ve struggled a lot but that was because I was still learning the ropes here. I needed to know the strengths and weaknesses of my teammates which I’m glad I know now,” he said.
He promised to continue improving on his performance this season in order to help his club fight for silverware. “I’m not there at the moment but I think I’m at a level where I can help my club challenge for honours. We’ve been eliminated from Mascom Top 8 so it is best that we fully focus on the League. It is not going to be easy considering that we dropped some points along the way but we’ll fight. The League is a marathon and anything can happen,” Tshireletso continued.
In conclusion, Tshireletso appealed to the club’s supporters to continue rallying behind the team.
“We’re going to take each game as it comes but we need the full backing of our supporters. If they rally behind us we’ll ensure that we don’t disappoint them,” said the 27-year-old. Chiefs conclude the first round of fixtures when they take on Police XI at SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane on December 21.