Morakane Mokhothu, Kick4Life Ladies’ soccer team star will from August commence her studies at the Lenoir Rhyne University in the United States (US) for a four-year term.
Mokhothu is jetting off to America under a Kick4Life annual sponsorship programme, where the club sends outstanding players out to other countries to develop their football talents and livelihood skills.
While in the US, Mokhothu will be attending school and also continuing to play football.
She used to play for the Kick4Life Ladies’ team, which plays in the Women’s Super League. Mokhothu also doubled as a waiter at a Kick4Life restaurant in Maseru during her spare time.
“We do not want to separate academics and sports because usually soccer players are said to be not educated. We at Kick4life FC, do not want to work in that way, as there is life after football,” Mohaeso Malephane from Kick4Life said during a recent media briefing.
He said Mokhothu would join other players who are already in the US under the same Kick4Life program.
Samuel Mokhothu, who spoke on behalf of Morakane’s family, said Morkane owes her success to her school teachers and Kick4Life.
“I would like to say to you Morakane, that wherever you go let it be known to the world that without Kick4Life you would not be where you are,” Samuel said.
Mokhothu initially had the opportunity to study in the US in 2019, but could not travel due to her failed visa application to enter the country.
But this time around, her visa application has been successful, and she will realise her dream of studying in the US.