Seabata secures US scholarship
It was another day of celebration at Kick4Life with the announcement that 18-year-old Seabata Tšemane has secured a student-athlete scholarship to Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, USA. Seabata will study Sports Science alongside playing soccer, becoming the 11th Kick4Life Academy participant to secure an international scholarship since 2017. This includes, Thabo Mahlala, who joined the same university last year.
Seabata joined Kick4Life aged 13 in 2019 from his Mafeteng home team, CF Rydo, and was supported with a scholarship to attend Thetsane High School, performing well in the classroom and on the pitch. He was called up to several junior national squads, most recently the Under 20s in 2023.
At a press conference at Kick4Life, Head Coach, Mukete Mboh said to Seabata: "Go there and shine, show the world what Lesotho is made of.’
Seabata's parents were also there to witness the announcement and thanked Kick4Life for helping their son to achieve his dream
Seabata Tšemane said: "When I started playing football, I always wanted to play in the Premier League and nothing else, but being a part of the Kick4Life family where academics and football are given equal attention, my eyes were opened and I learned that I can strike a balance between my academics and football and since then, my dream changed, and I started thinking more about having a bright future while still playing the sport I like."
Kick4Life’s Country Director, Motlatsi Nkhahle, congratulated Seabata on his hard work and commitment in working towards this day, and thanked the whole Kick4Life team for their great efforts in supporting Seabata's development over the years, and in securing the scholarship. He concluded by telling Tšemane to go to the US and remember that his example can help to pave the way for others to follow, urging him to play and work with passion and purpose.