We gave more than we got- Thuma


As Botswana inches closer to the 49th Independence Day celebrations, Staff Writer, MQONDISI DUBE sat down with one of the country’s finest defenders and the first captain to lead the Zebras to Africa Cup of Nations finals. He opens up about a decorated career, which yielded numerous league titles but always presented prickles on the flip side

He would unflinchingly fly into a crunching tackle with his ‘legs of steel’ and dominated his opponents despite a small frame.Mompati ‘Apache’ Thuma had the imposing height of a central defender. He took no prisoners in a career spanning nearly two decades. Apache’s finest moment came when he led the Zebras to their first ever appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

It is a journey, which began in the dusty grounds of Selebi-Phikwe in 1996 when Thuma was turning out for First Division side, Real Movers. He began his career as a striker but when there was a crisis in defence at national Under-17 level, Thuma moved to centre back due to his favourable height.

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