Lesoma: It’s a privilege working with Andre Arendse

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SuperSport United Reserve side goalkeeper Thato Lesoma, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday says working with Bafana Bafana former goalkeeper Andre Arendse is a blessing.

“It is honestly a blessing and a privilege to be within such an environment and to be working with Coach Grant [Johnson] and Coach Andre considering what they have achieved through out their playing days,” said Lesoma.

Arendse is an experienced former goalkeeper with 67 Bafana caps and has won two Absa Premiership titles with SuperSport. The 52-year-old is also currently serving as the South Africa goalkeeper coach.

While Johnson is a former Bafana goalkeeper coach and won the League title with Orlando Pirates in the 2002/03 season, clinched several cup competitions with ‘Matsatsantsa’.

Former Bafana Bafana keeper, Andre Arendse.

In the SuperSport goalkeeping department, Lesoma is shadowing experienced campaigners such as Ronwen Williams, Boalefa Pule and Washington Arubi.

“The competition in the goalkeeping department is healthy and there is respect amongst each other,” said Lesoma.

“We are always helping one another to improve and push each other to perform to the best of our abilities. They have all played a role in helping me improve and grow as a player over the last two years.

“Growing up I remember being a ball-boy for Ronwen, Washington and Andre when I first joined the Tuks Academy back in 2013 and I remember how motivated I used to watch them all. So, it’s really great to be working with them,” added the 21-year-old Lesoma.

Thato Lesoma, ‘Matsatsantsa’ shot-stopper and former SA U20 international. Picture courtesy of SuperSport United.

Lesoma, affectionately known as ‘TT’ admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on every South African and their daily aspect in life.

“We have seen many countries implementing lockdowns as well as many families all around the world losing their loved ones which shows how serious it is. It’s important that we take it seriously, unite and not be selfish, follow government regulations and maintain high levels of hygiene,” he said.

“It is important that we play our role as sport athletes and lead by example as a lot of people look up to us therefore, we should be influencing them in a positive manner,” Lesoma concluded.

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