In life sometimes an opportunity comes once, but when it comes you have to be ready to grab it with both hands and this is the story of South African midfielder Kgotso Masangane.
Born on the 27th of May 1998 in Balfour, Masangane had a dream of becoming a professional footballer, but his dream would come true in the most unexpected of ways.
The 22-year old rose from playing football in the ABC Motsepe League with eMbalenhle-based club Zone Mavo to Latvian Virsliga side FK Metta in just a space of two months.
The journey started when he played for his local school Siyathemba Primary school like any other child playing football for fun, but it is in his teenage days that his passion and talent started to take shape while playing for several clubs namely Dipeseng Young Rabbits, Batlokwa FC and ultimately Zone Mavo which is where he got scouted by then FS Metta defender Kabelo Seriba who recommended him to FS Metta after being impressed by him in the Govan Mbeki tournament – a festive tournament played at Mbalenhle.
For Masangane it was just another day at the office giving his all for his club, little did he know that he was being scouted and his life would change for the better from then on.
Fast forward a few months later and the winger had signed his first-ever professional football contract with Metta who tied him down to a two-year-deal until January 2021.
In just his first season with the Latvian top-flight side Masangane was voted the Player of the Season having scored 7 goals and assisted a further 6 strikes for the club – a huge impact considering he was in the lower tiers of South African football a few months earlier.
The new season has begun in Latvia and Masangane has continued where he left off last season having just recently scored his first goal of the season to add to his 3 assists in 5 appearances so far this season.
The story of Masangane is one filled with such encouragement for any aspiring football and the beautiful part about it is that it’s only the beginning because at 22, the attacker has a bright future ahead of him.
By Prince Sobayeni