TS Galaxy FC striker Nyembezi Lucky Setelele realized early that he had to work hard and stay focused or else he would have little chance of becoming a professional footballer. He says he also knew that there were many challenges awaiting him on his path to becoming a professional footballer, and that to overcome them he would have to persevere and be patient.
Narrating a journey that began in the dusty streets of Moletjie in Polokwane, Setelele says he remembers the day he was spotted playing street football like it was yesterday.
“I started playing football at the age of 12, back then we used to play in the street. I remember one day while we were playing a guy called Lucas Makgakga pulled up on the side of the street we were playing on. After the game had finished he invited me to join his team Super FC which was playing in the SAB League” Setelele says.
The industrious forward is grateful to Makgakga not only for spotting him, but also for converting him from a defender to a striker, something he says many people do not know about him.
“I am very grateful to Super for giving me the opportunity to play for his team and for guiding me. You know I used to play as defender and sometimes as a goalkeeper before I joined Super, something that many people don’t know about me”.
“I had also never played under the guidance of a coach until I joined his club. So playing for his club has contributed a lot to my career”.
Setelele left Super in 2010 to pursue his career in Pretoria, and didn’t take long before he was drafted into the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy after an impressive showing at their trials.
He stayed at the Brazilians until 2014 when he moved to Kaizer Chiefs reserve side where he spent a year before joining the BidVest Wits reserve team.
At Wits he impressed enough to earn a promotion to the senior team however things didn’t work out for him as he struggled for game time, which eventually saw him make a loan move to Cape Town All Stars.
“I went to Cape Town All Stars hoping for more game time but things still didn’t work out, I then moved to TS Galaxy in their first season in the ABC Motsepe League in the second round of the 2015/16 season”.
“Things improved when I rejoined All Stars in the 2016/17 season, I remember I got game time and was scoring goals, and as a result I caught the attention of Chippa United who signed me. But again things didn’t work out at Chippa and I left without playing a single game and returned to Galaxy”.
“To be honest joining Galaxy was not an easy decision for me as it meant that I had now moved from the Premier Soccer League (PSL), to the National First Division and then ABC Motsepe league”.
“At first I felt like my career was going downhill, but I must say I don’t regret that decision now as I am enjoying every moment of my stay at this club. I now realize that I actually made a right decision”.
“It hasn’t been an easy journey for me but I am happy that since I joined Galaxy I enjoy playing football again”.
Setele, who has three goals in all competitions to his name so far this season, has set himself the goal of helping the Mpumalanga side to gain promotion to PSL, and adds that even if it doesn’t happen this season it will eventually happen if they continue working hard.
“Galaxy is not in the NFD just to add numbers we are in this league to compete and our goal is to gain promotion”.
“It would be a big achievement for me if I could help this club achieve its goal of playing in the PSL and I am confident that this will happen” he concluded.