Bloemfontein soccer star, Thato Letsose, whose love for soccer started in the streets of her community, has been awarded the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Sportswoman of the Year award.
This talented 22-year-old is currently in the prime of her soccer career and she says that it would not have been possible without hard work. Letsose told Bloemfontein Courant that she is really proud of herself and the team. “It’s really amazing to finally be rewarded for my hard work,” she said.
“Even though I have achieved this, it is not the end. In the future I hope I will be able to captain the Banyana Banyana Senior Team, play professional league as well as open a soccer foundation in Bloemfontein.”
Letsose made her debut for Banyana Banyana at the beginning of this year and she captained the UJ team to victory in the University Sports South Africa Tournament in July. She also led the USSA squad to winning the gold medal at the Confederation of University and College Sports Association Games in June.
Letsose is currently a sport psychology student at UJ and she explained that there are many challenges that she is facing because of playing soccer and studying at the same time. The challenges include having training and matches or travelling to the different countries during exams. “I always have to play catch up at university and I had to repeat my first year because the workload was too much for me as I was playing for a national team.”
“My advice to others is to keep working hard and have patience because everything is about timing. Furthering your studies is also very important.” – Sazly Hartzenberg