Likuena and Black Leopards midfielder Tshwarelo Bereng has spoken of his desire to play his football in the Lesotho’s Econet Premier League before retiring having played all his football in South Africa.
Bereng was born to a South African mother and a Mosotho father in the North West Province and was eligible to play for both countries before making his debut for Likuena in 2018.
The 29-year-old midfielder came through the ranks at Mamelodi Sundowns juniors before playing for the likes of Moroka Swallows, Chippa United and Leopards.
“Yes definitely, I thought about it and it would help me get closer to my ancestors. So, yes, playing club football in Lesotho before I retire is on the list,” the Black Leopards midfielder said.
“My grandfather was very surprised when I made the decision to play for Lesotho because I had been in South Africa all my life. They never thought I would be the first member of the family to play for Likuena.
“He was a football player himself and played for Matlama. He still supports the club to this day and we had a chance to sit down and go down memory lane on his career just before I made my official debut for Likuena.”
Bereng, who is in camp with Lidoda Duvha as they prepare to make a return to action in the South African Premiership, revealed that winning his first cap for Likuena remains a memorable moment for him and his family.
“It was a proud moment for me and the family when I played my first official match against Cape Verde in 2018. He and other family members came to watch the match,” Bereng said.
“So, coming back to play in Lesotho will definitely be huge for me and the family. It will surely also please my ancestors too,” he said. Fact File: Tshwarelo Bereng
Current Club: Black Leopards
International Caps: 10
Former Clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns Junior, Moroka Swallows, Chippa United, Garankuwa United, Cape Town ALl Stars
National team debut: Lesotho v Cape Verde (09/09/18)