Botswana international Kabelo Seakanyeng believes the departure of Dan Malesela from Chippa United curtailed his progress at the Port Elizabeth side during his short stint in South Africa.
Seakanyeng joined Chippa together with his Zebras teammate Thatoyaone Kgamanyane at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
But after being sidelined at the club, making only two starts and one substitute appearance, the attacking midfielder left after a few months.
“I think Chippa didn’t work out because Dan Malesela signed me but he was fired a few matches into the season. A new coach came in (Eric Tinkler) and probably preferred other players,” Seakanyeng told FARPost from his Morocco base where he turns out for Botola 2 side Olympique Club de Khourigba.
Malesela was fired just three matches into the 2018/19 season. His second stint with the club had started with two 2-0 Absa Premiership defeats‚ away against Bloemfontein Celtic and at home to Orlando Pirates.
They then drew their last match 2-2 against Black Leopards.
“I honestly feel I was never given a chance,” Seakanyeng added. “When I parted ways with Chippa, I went back to Botswana, but for six months I didn’t sign for any club.
“I had a belief I’d get a club outside the country and felt it was gonna be difficult if I signed for a Botswana club. “A friend helped me get a contract in Malta in the Second Division where I played for Lija Athletic.
“I was nominated for player of the season after playing there for six months. The club got promoted and now they’re playing in the Maltese Premier League.”
The Malta league was halted following the Covid-19 outbreak at the start of 2020. “I spent seven months training alone in England during lockdown.”
In November, the man popularly known as ‘Skhebo’ joined Morocco’s Olympique Club de Khourigba, who were relegated from Botola 1 at the end of last season. The club is fighting to return to the topflight.
The 27-year-old attacker has been in fine form, scoring five goals in eight matches. His club are seventh in the League, having amassed 12 points, four adrift of log leaders Riadi Salmi.
“Everyone in the team has belief that we can gain qualification back to Botola 1. We didn’t start off too well, but we’ve picked up and we’re doing well.”
By Mthokozisi Dube