AmaTuks captain Tebogo Monyai has been a model of consistency since re-joining AmaTuks from Moroka Swallows in 2010. The 32-year-old centre back, who was instrumental in AmaTuks gaining promotion to the PSL last season, sat down with Perdeby to share his views on football, his career and the season ahead.
Where did your professional football career start?
I started my career at Tuks in 2001. I was bought by Moroka Swallows in 2006 and went on to captain them. I came back to Tuks for the 2010/2011 season and we went on to win the NFD title, with me as captain, last season.
What are your ambitions for the season?
To do well and finish in the top eight. Our main focus is not only to stay up, but to do well. There is no doubt in my mind that we can finish in the top eight. I believe that what you say is what you achieve.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Captaining Moroka Swallows in the PSL as a 25-year-old was a huge privilege. They are a huge club. Of course, winning the NFD and gaining promotion to the PSL while captaining the [AmaTuks] side is also a big highlight. Of all the players that started with me at Tuks I am the only one [who remains] here.
Who is your hero?
Lucas Radebe. He was a great player and captain. He went on to do great things in England with Leeds United and was a great player for Bafana Bafana. My playing style is similar to his
Ronaldo or Messi?
Ronaldo. His speed and power are phenomenal. His defending is also good and his aerial ability is great. He is also very good at taking set pieces.
Who has influenced you the most?
My dad. He introduced me to playing football. He always used to buy me those plastic soccer balls and he bought me my first pair of soccer boots, Pumas.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Involved in my business and working as a football administrator. Not as a coach.