Former Platinum Stars winger Thembelani Majingo has revealed that the ongoing success of Gift Links and Kobabelo Kodisang have been inspiring him to work hard to revive his career.
Kodisang, Links and Majingo are the products of the default Platinum Stars, Kodisang was first promoted in 2015, and Links followed in 2016 before Majingo graduated to the senior team in 2017 under the former AL Ahly assistant coach Calvin Johnson before the team was sold in 2018.
Kobabelo has been in sensational form in Portugal for Moreirense where he is on loan from Braga. He has scored eight goals across all competitions so far. While Links is plying his trade in the Danish Superliga club AGF Danish in Denmark. In the meantime, Majingo, a former U17 national team player is currently playing for Northwest ABC Motsepe League side, Taung Mega Stars. However, this publication understands that he will move to Johannesburg next year searching for a new home, with ABC Motsepe’s Soweto Super United showing interest in him.
Majingo, 24, who has also represented the now-defunct Cape Umoya United in the first division as well as Northwest University in the ABC Motsepe league, says his former players have highly motivated him.
“Truly speaking, I take their achievements as motivation and inspiration. Their journey inspires me because I know their personalities closely,” Majingo told Thisisfootball.Africa.
“For them playing in Europe, I believe they deserve it. They worked hard for themselves at the same time, it shows me that whenever I get a second chance, I need to grab it so that I can make a living out of football like they do.
“The level of passion that Gift and Kobamelo have for the game, is very high. They know they are talented, but they boost it by handwork because we all know as footballers’ handwork comes first.
“Now I am running my race. I think it’s not how you start, but about how you finish. I used to be better than them during our academy time, now they are there on top. Right now, they inspire me to work hard. If I’m still playing football, I still have hope that one day my story will be a motivation to many other aa aspiring footballers out there.”
“Seeing my former academy mates playing abroad, it is something that I will cherish for my entire life because they used to be my competitors.
“We had a healthy competition at Platinum Stars. We played the same position and I, Links and Kodisang, used to form a good partnership. To me that shows that I also have potential, but then you must know everything happens for a reason and every opportunity comes at the right time. Now it’s time to celebrate my fellow graduates and cherish their success.”