Lebo into the limelight for his French club

LEBO Mothiba was not selected for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso last week,Picture: Gallo Images

LEBO Mothiba was not selected for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso last week, but in France’s League 2, he remains a big hit.

The player is so appreciated by Valenciennes that they voted him the player of the month for September ahead of Damien Perquis, Baptiste Aloe, Sébastien Roudet and Tony Mauricio.

His five goals, managed in eight matches, have been enough to convince the fans that he has what it takes to lead the team to League 1 – and the striker is loving every moment. “I only arrived in France from South Africa on Tuesday when someone stopped me to say I was voted player of the month. I did not believe it until my teammates told me in training earlier today (yesterday),” Mothiba said.

“For me, this means I must continue working hard. My aim is to be playing League 1 football next season, but this is the season for me to grow and develop as a player. “To have the fans at Valenciennes welcome me and take me into their hearts like this is a great feeling and it pushes me to give them more,” Mothiba, who is expected to lead Valenciennes’ attack against Tours tomorrow evening, said.

The striker, who said eating bogobe (pap) and mogodu (tripe) again were among the highlights of his return to SA, has tipped his Bafana teammate Percy Tau to be a big hit in France if he ever plays in the league.

But top of Mothiba’s list is Itumeleng Khune, who the striker rates highly. “I think that the Bafana team is unfortunate to still be on the back foot in the group because the talent there is insane.

“I mean, in the midfield alone, you have Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Themba Zwane and Bongani Zungu. “Then you have Percy. Very young but so talented and confident. I think he can be a big star in League 1.”

-MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE|mmasekepem@thenewage.co.za