While his team was battling to maintain their top position in the DStv Premiership against Golden Arrows on Wednesday night, Baroka forward Thuso Mogale was preparing for his English matric exam paper.
Mogale, who is a Grade 12 learner at SJ Van der Merwe in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo started with his 2020 matric exams on Thursday.
The 18-year-old was promoted to the Bakgaga senior team in June this year, from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team.
“I am as focused at school as I am in football. But balancing football and academics is not a child’s play because you have to study and at the same time you have to train,” Mogale tells FARPost.
“When you are done with training sometimes you find out that you are tired, so of course it will affect your studies, but if you think out of the box you can make it.
“We can see that many footballers are at universities at the same time they’re playing football. You can’t rely on football only because a lot can happen,” he said.
Mogale says upon the completion of his matric studies, he wants to study Radiography.
“Obviously my wish is to go to university but since I am still contracted to Baroka I have to stay here so my second option is to register part-time at TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) and continue to chase my dream as a footballer,” he said.
Mogale made three appearances for Bakgaga last season but is yet to play in the current season due to his school commitments.
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By Ofhani Munyai