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There's No Stopping Lekoelea Now 13/10/03
Sasoccer365 journalist Shahied Joseph caught up with the talented winger who was relaxing at home as Pirates are off from training today (Monday).

We spoke to Steve about soccer, his first love, and this is what Chippa had to say...

What was the most difficult time in your career so far?

Well you know the papers were saying I'm not training and I have no discipline, but the truth is that Joseph Makhanya was on form last year and there was no reason to replace him, those reports just made it difficult for me to concentrate on my duties as it was very negative.

And what's been the best thus far?

Coming back into the team and playing, it feels good to be challenging for a place and knowing I'm part of the team trying to defend our title.

What's your strengths as a player?

My speed and skill. Myself, Patrick Twala and Gift Leremi are the fastest players at Pirates, but I'm the fastest (jokingly), and you know with my skill I can take any defender apart.

And your weaknesses?

I don't have any (laughing). Well I'm not that good at defending because I like to attack most of the time, but to go in for hard tackles is not my style you know.

Who was the most influential coach for you?

"Without a doubt Viktor Bondarenko, he was in favour of my skills on the field and would encourage me to use it. So when he was here it was really good for me.

Who did you support as a youngster?

"Moroka Swallows, I was in their youth teams at one stage, when I was much younger. Owen Da Gama and Noel Cousins were my favourite players.

Who would you like to have in your team at the moment?

Godfrey Sapula, he's a good player and is doing well at Sundowns, we played well together when he was here, and that is one player I'd like to have in my team.

We then spoke about his life off the playing fields, well at least we tried to, but soccer always came back into the equation.

What books or magazines do you read, Steve?

I read the Sowetan everyday, as well as Kick-off, Laduma and Drum magazine. I like being up to date on current affairs.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Durban North coast is just the best for holidays, I love going there, the weather's always great and I love the sea.

Where in the world would you like to live?

In London, or rather Manchester as I'm a Manchester United Fan. So definitely Manchester.

So your favourite player is ...

Beckham, you know that guy can take free kicks, no one compares although I come close, hahaha. And Ronaldo too, eish, that guy is incredible.

How do you relax on your days off from training ?

Well I go to movies, I play pool and I like swimming too as it gives me a nice workout.

You're a trendy guy, always looking good off the field, what brands do you wear?

I'm into the Hilton Weiner Urban collection at the moment, and also with Levi jeans you can never go wrong.

What car do you drive?

A blue 'G-string', BMW 325ci that is.

And the women?

Hahaha, you know I'm not going to comment on that.

Anyway Steve, it was great chatting to you, good luck for the Coca Cola Cup game and we'll be looking out for your Beckham-like free kicks!

Sharp Mfowethu

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