Ever wondered how a professional plays and lives on a day-to-day basis? Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs defender Thomas Sweswe talks to NewsDay about his daily life at Amakhosi.
“My life at Naturena has been fantastic. I thank God so much because last season I managed to play 28 league games and missed just two because of a yellow card,” said Sweswe. “This season is also looking good for me; I started slowly due to injury but now I’m fit. Out of eight games I’ve now played four, starting the games.
“I wake up at 6am daily, take a shower, eat some jungle oats then go to drop off my son at pre-school. I then drive to training; we start training at 9am but everyone has to be on the pitch at 8:30. We finish training around 11:30.
“Then we eat lunch at 12:30 at our village (Naturena) then drive back home. I watch TV up to 3 then take a nap till 5:30 before going back to pick my son up from nusery. Dinner is around 8, then watch TV. After that I go to bed around 10:30pm. ”
“If I want to drink something I normally drink water and energy drinks. Since I got here I’ve stopped drinking (some) fizzy drinks like Coke, Fanta and stuff. I do eat jungle oats in the morning for breakfast every day and at lunch the team feeds us after training.
I eat pasta and chicken breast, boiled sometimes with fish or beef. The club is professional so they check our weight and body fat weekly so we always watch what we eat!”
“In Zimbabwe, I was driving a Toyota Marino; I still have that car since it was the first car I bought when I first came to SA at Manning Rangers.
“Now I’m at Chiefs and things have changed. It’s a big team here in South Africa so here I’m driving a BMW 320i. I live in a decent flat in Meredale that is being rented by the club but the furniture inside the house I bought for myself. “Since I’m married my wife does everything when it comes to buying property and stuff. “I stay near our training ground; we do stay in the same complex but different apartments with Musona (Knowledge) and Jambo (Zhaimu).”
“I am married to Priscilla Njovo, having wedded in December 2007 in Harare. My wife is always at home but next year she is planning to go to school.
I’ve one son called Siyabonga Gilbert Labron who is three years and four months old. My child likes football so much; he even knows some of my team-mates and other players by watching them on TV and going to the stadium to watch me play.
He knows Tinashe, Tshabalala, Khune, Jambo, Musona, Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), (Didier) Drogba (Chelsea of England), Benjani (Mwaruwari of Blackburn Rovers in England) and names of clubs.
He also likes music so much especially Alick Macheso and Tongai Moyo that he can sing some of their songs.”
“The pressure will always be there when playing for big teams all over the world. As a foreign player you have to work extra hard because if you fail to perform they will look for another player since five foreigners are allowed per team.
“Here football is well-managed and well-sponsored compared to Zimbabwean football and is run professionally that’s why you see players from Europe are coming to join PSL clubs here. We travel to matches by air everywhere we go especially if we are playing far from Jo’burg.
“Locally we go by coaches.”
The Sabbath:“If I’m free I go to church in Joburg town; I’m a Seventh Day Adventist.”
“I am actually investing by buying houses and a lot of stuff. I have managed to do that and still hope to do more with the help of God. I pray every day and only the sky is the limit.”