Makapa’s dream move collapses

Makapa’s dream move collapses

Maseru – Liphakoe winger Tšepang Makapa’s proposed move to South African side Golden Arrows has collapsed and the starlet is back training with the Quthing-based side ahead of the new Vodacom Premier League season.
Makapa was set to sign with Golden Arrows after passing trials at the KwaZulu-Natal club last month but the deal hit a snag over the players’ studies.
And, in an exclusive interview with thepost this week, Makapa revealed he is back in Lesotho to continue his education as he explained why his much anticipated deal failed to materialise.
According to the 20-year-old, Golden Arrows put him on hold as they pursued their preferred transfer target — 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup player of the tournament, Knox Mutizwa.
The Zimbabwe striker eventually joined Arrows on loan from Bidvest Wits last week – a deal which scuppered Makapa’s dream move.

South African premiership clubs are only allowed to register a maximum of five foreign players in a season and Mutizwa’s signing took Arrows to their limit.
“I passed the trials,” Makapa said. “I didn’t sign the contract because there were things that I had to do first like completing school,” he said.

“The other thing is the foreign quota,” he added. “The (Arrows) coach wanted a striker and I am a winger and they only had one spot left for foreign players.
It was suggested that I wait and see if (Arrows) cannot get the player they wanted from Bidvest Wits on loan, and if he didn’t come then they would sign me.”
Despite his disappointment, Makapa said he would not give up on his goal to play professionally outside Lesotho.
He said he is due to return to Arrows in December when the season takes its halfway break.

“I will go back again for the second round but I am not sure if I will be going for trials again or they will sign me, I don’t know what will happen,” the skilful winger said.
Makapa added that he is confident he would pass trials abroad if presented the opportunity again.

“From my side I am very happy because if I go to South Africa at any team for trials, I don’t think I will fail,” he said.
“I am a hard-working person, I do everything by myself. I will have another chance to go to that level again.

Even if it will be with a different team there is no problem or difficulty that I can encounter. I realised that nothing can stop me.”

Mohloai Mpesi

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