DURBAN – SuperSport United’s skilful midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane has set his sights on winning major titles in Africa, having won everything on offer on the domestic front.
The well-travelled midfielder from Jabavu in Soweto has won all the trophies in South Africa.
He commenced campaigning in top-flight football in 2006, when he joined Jomo Cosmos from PJ Stars, who were plying their trade in the National First Division (NFD).
He spent two seasons at Cosmos before he penned a deal with Kaizer Chiefs.
His eight-season stay with Amakhosi was a memorable one, as he won two league titles, two Telkom Knockout medals and two MTN8 crowns.
Yeye, as he is affectionately known to his followers, opened his SuperSport United account with the Nedbank Cup trophy last season.
Not only has the 34-year-old enjoyed cup success during his career, but he has had the privilege of competing against the best of the best in major international tournaments.
Letsholonyane has campaigned in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, as well as the World Cup.
He played a major role in 2013 when Bafana Bafana reached the quarter-finals in South Africa and went on to represent his country in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
Letsholonyane was also the part of the Bafana team that participated in the World Cup on home soil in 2010.
Speaking with the media after the Nedbank Ke Yona Challenge, where SuperSport emerged victorious against the Ke Yona team, Letsholonyane revealed his dream of becoming an African champion.
“I would love to win the Caf Confederation Cup medal. If it doesn’t happen, it is not the end of the world. There are other trophies that we need to challenge for, but the Caf medals are the ones that are missing (in his collection).
“They are the only ones that I haven’t won as a club player. I would also love to win the big one, the Caf Champions League. It is my desire to win these trophies.
“It would be an honour and a privilege to be part of the SuperSport United generation that won the Confederation Cup. It would certainly be a great feeling for me,” Letsholonyane explained.
SuperSport United come up next against Zambian powerhouse Zesco United in the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup.
The first leg will be at Lucas Moripe Stadium on September 15, and the return leg will be at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia on September 23.
Letsholonyane has been the main man for SuperSport United in the middle of the park, and all eyes will be on him as he helped his troops prevail into the MTN8 semi-finals.
On Saturday, SuperSport lock horns with Maritzburg United in the second leg of the semi-final, after the first ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
“I believe we will reverse the score against Maritzburg United. We will go direct and try to get the result that we want, and move on to the final. The next four weeks will be hectic for us. But as a team, we are ready,” Letsholonyane explained.
Yeye has previously represented his country on 50 occasions, but was boosted by the news that Bafana coach Stuart Baxter called Morgan Gould, at the age of 34, to replace the injured 20-year-old Rivaldo Coetzee.
He has made it clear that he will never say no to Bafana if they require his services.
“I never said I’m retiring internationally. Whatever happens, happens. It is not the end of the world if I don’t win the Confed Cup title, it is the same thing with not being part of the national team.
“If I get a call up, yoh, I will be happy because it is every player’s dream to represent his country. If doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. Life goes on.
“I’m still at SuperSport United, I will keep on playing and helping my team,” Letsholonyane said.