Some coaches might hesitate to introduce unknown and inexperienced players in the Absa Premiership but Lehlohonolo Seema is eager and willing to give determined rough diamonds a chance.
Seema is beaming with pride as his countryman Motebang Sera is starting to make a name for himself in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Sera, who was recruited by Seema from Lesotho Premier League (LPL) side Matlama FC to join Bloemfontein Celtic in 2019, has had some impressive performances in the green and white colours of ‘Siwelele’ in his first season in South Africa.
“I am the kind of a coach that likes to give people opportunities even though they don’t have that experience, you can’t buy experience. I am always willing to take that risk,” said Seema in an online press conference of the SA Football Journalists’ Association (SAFJA).
True to his surname, Sera (enemy) has already made some foes in the PSL as he is the hitman credited for denting Kaizer Chiefs’ league title hopes after scoring a brace in Celtic’s 3-1 win two weeks ago.
“It was good to see my two countrymen playing because you know that they are representing the country. They [Sera and Tumelo Khutlang of Black Leopards] are giving the children and the players in Lesotho some hope that they can also do it,” added Seema.
“I must even compliment Khutlang because it has been some time since we saw him in the field of play but you could see that behind closed doors he was working hard because once he was given a chance he has been contributing really well at Leopards.
“Sera, I know that boy and I am the one who brought him to Bloemfontein Celtic singlehandedly and I am not surprised of what he is doing. One thing I like about him is his work ethic, his work ethic is very good,” said the newly Chippa coach.
The 25-year-old has scored seven goals in 16 league games this season and he is a household name in Lesotho football, having won the top goal scorer’s award twice in the last three seasons in the country, netting a total of 48 league goals for Matlama.
“He is one player that is persistent as a striker. If you have that hunger, energy, definitely something has to give. I watch my national team when they play and I saw something in him and I was happy to bring Sera to Celtic and he started like a house on fire as he scored in the very first game we played against Mamelodi Sundowns.
“I am not surprised that he is starting to get his groove back but there is still a long way to go. He is showing good signs.
“I am sure that is why coach Thabo Senong, Lesotho national team coach was happy because he knows that if we can have a few players that are regulars in our league this side, it will help him when they come back and play for the national team,” concluded Seema.
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