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Tso – I Want Him To Choose His Own Path

Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi says his son, Thato Mohlamme, who joined Uthongathi last week, will forge his own path in football.

Last week a young footballer made a move across the country, and while it didn’t make big headlines, it’s a move that excites us at iDiski Times, because it involves someone who is part of our family.

Thato Mohlamme is the young player in question, and last week he was signed by the KwaZulu-Natal GladAfrica Championship outfit. 

And for those that don’t know, Thato happens to be the son of former Bafana Bafana, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi, who is of course a pundit on iDiskiTV, and a columnist for the iDiski Times newspaper.

What’s amazing is that once you know that he is his father’s son, you can see the similarity, both on and off the field.

Mohlamme didn’t waste time in announcing himself at the club, and scored a goal against Maritzburg United last Saturday during the KZN Premiers Cup. While Uthongathi unfortunately lost on penalties in the game, it was a good start for the 21 year old, who had previously played at JDR Stars.

Thato, the son of Tso and Mmatebello Mohlamme, grew up in Deneysville in the Free State, and attended Sasolburg High School.

iDiski Times writer Rob Delport caught up with Tso, to talk about his eldest son’s progress, and how he is forging his own path in the beautiful game.

“Ja well, you know, everyone is happy for him to be happy, even though us, we can be happy, but if he’s not happy where he is, then it does not point for the family to be happy,” Tso told Delport. 

“So what’s important  for him to be happy, when he’s happy, we’re gonna be happy. So as now that he’s happy, I’m happy for him.”

Before focussing on football, Mohlamme had to focus on his education, and Vilakazi said it was very important to the family, so that he had options in his life decisions, and either way he would be prepared for the future.

“Oh, yes, yes!” Vilakazi said.

“That’s one thing that is important that you know, he must finish school, and then continue with football, because nowadays you can’t guarantee football, it’s not like 10 years back, or 15 years back where you can guarantee that, if you’ve got ability.”

“But ja, I’m happy for his journey so far and wish him  all the best in everything that he’s doing.”

Tso says he has always belied that Thato needed to decide his own future, and says that he never want to put any pressure on him, or try and decide his path for him.

“No, you know as parents and as individuals, we all have a different belief,” Vilakazi continued.

“My belief is he needs to find his own path, then I will support him in that path.” 

“I don’t want to choose a path for him. I want him to choose his own path. And then I must give him support in that.” 

“So that’s what he is doing. He loves the game. And I’m giving him all the support that he needs in the game.”

And do Uthongathi have a new supporter in Tso?

“Let’s watch this space,” Vilakazi says laughing. 

“I’m not putting any pressure on him, and to the technical team I’m saying, let’s take it one day at a time and ja!”