“I don’t think there is a good development of sports in our communities. There is talent in abundance, but then the development leaves a lot to be desired. The media would rather talk about Teko Modise than to talk about our very own Lerato Manzini and others from Bushbuckridge” Says Mathews Mokoena AKA DJ Matt, Munghana Lonene FM’s presenter (Sports & Afternoon drive show) and technical producer.
Before working for at his current job, he hosted numerous shows on BBR radio from 2008 until 2014 when he was recognized by his current employer SABC.
Mokoena has called on for the sports development in different sporting codes in our communities to tackle issues of drug abuse, unemployment, and other societal issues.
“Our people don’t know of our very own football stars, they don’t know that Macdonald Makhubedu who’s at Baroka FC is from Casteel, and these are the same people we should all celebrate in order to make people believe that it’s real”, explain Mokoena.
“What we need is support! We need proper structures, which will yield results for us. There should also be an annual tournament where one of the biggest teams like Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns is invited to play against the local teams and also invite scouts to encourage our younger players to work harder on the field and visualize their dreams.” Mokoena emphasized.
He also added that these days people would rather attend music festivals in numbers compared to sports tournaments.
“As one of the people in the social lite, I do a lot to build sportsmanship in Bushbuckridge. I always profile talented players and cover sports tournaments, whether big or small, on my radio show. A while ago, I once interviewed an unknown player on my sports show, and the following day he was profiled on a national newspaper, so that propels me to be willing to do more for our community. So I always make sure that the 1 million listeners that we have been aware of the talent from Bushbuckridge. Let’s all play our roles in making our community a better sporting place,” he added.
Mokoena went on to encourage young upcoming sports stars to follow their dreams; “Youth must get out of their comfort zones, they shouldn’t wait for recognition from anyone else but work hard for themselves. They shouldn’t wait for the government to do everything for them, abstain from alcohol and drug abuse, you will reach your goal”, he concluded.