By Pulane Kelapile
Botswana’s export to Democratic Republic of Congo Onkabetse Makgantai is settling well after his summer move to Kinshasa giants AS Vita from Orapa United.
Makgantai capitalised on the COSAFA cup tournament that was held in Namibia, forcing a quite number of team to salivate for his signature, but at the end it was Kinshasa-based AS Vita who managed to convince him.
The former Orapa United player who moved to AS Vita after his proposed deal to Baroka FC in the Absa Premier League failed due to contractual issues, told Killer Pass website that he was enjoying life in Kinshasa despite encountering problem with language barrier as French and Lingala are the official languages.
He however said that would not deter him from enjoying his stay but rather he was learning every day to improve his communication skills.
He further said he has been struggling with a knee injury which he sustained while on international duty with the Zebras against Burkina Faso in the African Nations Cup qualifiers. According to Makgantai it got worse during AS Vita pre-season tour in Rwanda but he has now recovered and managed to play seven games scoring a total of two goals.
He said the league there was very competitive, physical and one had to be to be tough to be able to play or to make it to the starting line-up.
“AS Vita has got a huge fan-base and the stadium is always packed to rafters during matches which is a dream for every player to play under such conditions, “he said.
DRC football was recently suspended in December over fears of violence due to political tensions around the country, and the League will also be on break during the African Nations Cup which starts this coming Saturday./KP