Bloemfontein Celtic’s media team had a chat with the club’s 20 year-old striker, Tshegofatso Mabasa who is the 2016/2017 MultiChoice Diski Challenge top scorer with 12 goals. During the sociable interview, the bulky yet lethal Celtic development product shared his disappointment at not winning the tournament, his ambitions and appreciation towards Celtic supporters for their backing.
Bloemfontein Celtic (BC): What was the highlight of the 2016/2017 Diski Challenge league?
Tshegofatso Mabasa (TM): Obviously there are so many but the main one was coming back from a 2-0 deficit against Chiefs and equaling the score… We displayed character and the desire to fight without reservations.
BC: Any disappointments you want to share?
TM: I must concede the game we lost against Ajax Cape Town had a undesirable psychological effect. Remember we were leading by two goals and losing at that crucial stage of the league adversely affected our spirit. Fortunately we have a competent technical team that reignited that winning mentality during training. But I was deeply disappointed.
BC: Okay, the highlight, you are the Top goal scorer with 12 goals how do you feel?
TM: Mixed feelings because I am part of the team and failing to win such a prestigious trophy made me numb but that does not mean I never celebrated my individual achievement though. I was ecstatic but again disappointed that I never reached my initial target of 15 goals. A collective accomplishment is more important than an individual success, winning the league would have been exceptional.
BC: And, what are your immediate goals from here?
TM: Firstly I must fight for selection back in to the senior team and subsequent to that work hard to gain selection for the under-23 national team. One has to rise and show the experience gained after playing in the competitive Multichoice league.
BC: Anything you want to share with us before departing?
TM: My gratitude goes towards the Celtic supporters for their incredible passion and support. The entire Celtic family needs to also be acknowledged; management for giving us enough courage and senior team coaches for their motivation. We know that everyone wanted us to win the league. Most of the players that I played with are ready to be promoted, beyond potential they have guts to fight immensely.