Monama: Happy at Tuks

Monama was a shining light at Black Leopards last season, putting in some outstanding displays despite the club being relegated, his form boosting him into the Bafana Bafana reckoning.

A subsequent move (together with team-mates Rodney Ramagalela and Tiyani Mabunda) to Mamelodi Sundowns materialised, but the 24-year-old found game time hard to come by at a star-studded Chloorkop.

Monama however comes across as a positive individual and says he has no regrets on moving to Sundowns, or on being loaned out to Tuks.

“I don’t see this as a step back. I’m still playing in the same league, the PSL, against the same players, competing on the same level. Now for me it’s about trying to get into the team, to try and play regularly because that will benefit me in the future.

“I’m very excited in fact to join Tuks. Its been going well at training, everyone has been very friendly and made me feel very welcome. And the club also have some of the best facilities in the country, and a great technical team, so it’s a good opportunity for me and I hope to make the most of it.

Still only 24, Monama certainly has many years ahead in which to make his mark in the Absa Premiership. He’s already come a long way since leaving his home in Seshego to carve out a football career.

He started out playing for the Inter Africa Academy in Kempton park before moving on to Mpumalanga Black Aces, where he first met up with Sammy Troughton, who is currently on the AmaTuks technical team. That was followed by a spell with Tembisa Classic before moving on Leopards, where he played 36 matches and scored five goals from midfield.

Now with another chance to make his mark in the PSL, he is hoping to make the person that has been behind him throughout his career, his father, a proud man.

“My dad has always played a big part in my career. He was always down watching me play at school, encouraging me and he was also supportive of my dream to be a football player, he even used to coach me.

“So hopefully now I am Tuks I can get more game-time so that he can watch me playing more often.”