Onkabetse Makgantai of Botswana andAbdoul Bocar Ba of Mauritania during the game between Botswana and Mauritania on 10 June 2017 at Francistown Stadium,Botswana ©/BackpagePix
Thursday Feb 01, 2018. 10:00
Following his return to the local top flight football, Orapa United’s Onkabetse Makgantai says he wants to represent the Botswana national team again.
Also known as the Major 1, Makgantai made his return and helped the Ostriches beat Gaborone United 1-0 in Mascom Top 8 semi-final last Friday.
Makgantai spent one season with Democratic Republic of Congo’s AS Vita, but faced challenges in his bid to return to Orapa, leading to a lengthy transfer saga.
However, his papers were sorted before their encounter on Friday and he played 75 minutes against the Reds.
“I don’t know why this (transfer complications) had to happen but I have been patient although I must say, it has been very stressful,” Makgantai said to local media after the game.
“I am happy to be back. Physically I feel fully fit, I had not stopped training. I am only lacking in match fitness, but I will get back to my best very soon.
“I am thankful to Orapa United for taking care of my welfare and treating me just like other players.
“I lost my place in the squad (Zebras) and my focus is to win my position back. The national team is the best marketing tool for players.
“My long term goal is to find a club outside the country particularly in the ABSA Premiership.”
Makgantai and his Orapa team-mates will face GU in the second-leg match at the National Stadium on Saturday.