EXCLUSIVE: Phete never stopped believing


FARPost caught up with Portugal-based midfielder Thibang Phete all the way in Lisbon to discuss how things have been going for him in Portugal.

The Stars of Africa academy graduate was a regular for Vitoria Guimaraes in the 2015/16 season before he had a big injury blow that took him out for a year and he eventually fell off the team for two more seasons playing with the B team in the second division something ‘Cafu’ explains as very difficult.

“Yes the move was very important for me, my personal goals and for everybody who supports me. In the past few seasons I had many injury setbacks so it was not easy I just had to deal with it straight as much as going back and forth from first team to second team wasn’t easy I needed to humble myself because I wanted to get back where I know I’m suppose be .


Phete featured against Benfica last weekend on his maiden debut for Belenenses who are home town rivals of the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Benfica and the 25-year-old is thrilled by the future.

“Belenenses has a big history and are rivals of the biggest teams in Portugal I’m very happy to be here. The games against Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon, SC Braga and Vitoria Guimaraes are are highly motivated games which any player in the world would like to play in yhooooo the atmosphere you can’t explain it in words it’s just pure joy to be playing in those games.”

‘Cafu’, nicknamed after the Brazilian, also spoke about his national team ambitions as he has never played for South Africa at any level.

“Of course playing for the national team is always a step up I would love to be part of it’s my country it’s my family so definitely my ambitions are getting myself into Bafana Bafana as much as it won’t be easy but it will happen at the right time and it all depends on me performing consistently at this level,” added the 25-year-old.

By Prince Sobayeni

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