Sekgota back in Portugal

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South African winger Kgaogelo Sekgota has returned to Portugal to link up with his parent club Vitoria Setubal after his loan spell with Bidvest Wits ended at the end of the 2019/20 season.

The 23-year-old had joined ‘The Clever Boys’ on a six-month loan deal with an option to extend should he impress in Milpark, but the eventual sale of the club meant that he would need to go back to Portugal to play for Vitoria Setubal who now play in the Campeonato de Portugal after being demoted from the Primeira Liga due to non compliance with registration rules for the 2020/21 season.

Sekgota signed for Setubal in January 2019 from Stumbras and he has made 7 senior appearances for the club and scored no goals so far. After a year at Setubal the club decided to loan the winger to Wits for him to get a lot of game time under his belt and he made 12 senior appearances under coach Gavin Hunt, but did not find the back of the net while at the Johannesburg-based side.

The Seshego-born winger still has two years left on his current deal with the Portuguese side and will be hoping to help them climb up the ranks in Portugal in the next season or two.

He is a youth product of the academy of Polokwane United whom he joined in 2012. He then moved to Lithuania where he joined Stumbras. In the two seasons spent there the winger was a very influential member of the squad helping the club to the title and Cup double in the 2017/18 season before making the switch to Portugal last year.

He later made his Portuguese Primeira Liga debut in a 2-0 loss against giants FC Porto, but he struggled to cement a regular place in the team before the loan to Wits. With the majority of senior players leaving Setubal for several reasons the winger will have an opportunity to play more games in the Portuguese third division.

By Prince Sobayeni

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