FARPost.co.za caught up with former English champions Leicester City’s attacking midfielder Khanya Leshabela to find out how things are going in the United Kingdom.
Leshabela also discussed his experience with the South African national teams so far .
He’s one of many SA-born players who left the country at a young age to stay in Europe and ended up playing football.
So we asked him how did it come about that he started playing football and the Soshanguve-born, Pretoria midfielder replied: “My family is a football loving family so when I got to England I was taken to the local club in Portsmouth which is where I started playing from a very young age then when I was 14 I went on trial at Leicester and the rest is history. I’ve been here since,” said Leshabela, who’s now 20.
The 20-year-old also spoke of his experience with the Leicester first team since his promotion since he was drafted in for the 2019/2020 campaign.
“I enjoy being with the first team there is so much quality and a lot of youngsters getting their opportunity and I hope I will get mine in the biggest stage – the English Premier League, but I’m getting closer,” he said.
“But in my number 10 role the competition is tight with top players like (James) Maddison and (Dennis) Praet ahead of me but luckily I can play on the wing too so I have a high chance, you know.
Leshabela also got called up to the national team beginning 2019 to the U20 AFCON ,World Cup and eventually the U23 AFCON qualifier against Zimbabwe where he played and the midfielder got so excited about this new journey.
“Yeah I was so surprised to have gotten a call up. I actually have been wanting to play for my country for years we didn’t know who to talk to until I got the right exposure then my professional contract and a call up I was pleased it was a dream come through. I love my country.”
Leshabela is currently one of the top players for Leicester’s U23 but trains with the first team waiting for his opportunity.
By Prince Sobayeni