#TuksFootball: Frank Singnkhi Mpedi celebrates a milestone mark of 100 club appearances in AmaTuks colours

Posted on May 18, 2023

Having reached the milestone of 100 caps playing for AmaTuks, Frank Singnkhi Mpedi can rightfully claim to have been there, done that and got the t-shirt to prove it, but he is not. 

To him, there is still that one main objective to accomplish. That is to help AmaTuks qualify to play Premier League Football.  

"It will be a dream come true if we manage to do so,"' said Mpedi, who debuted for AmaTuks in 2018. He has played Varsity Football for Tuks since 2014. A definite highlight was being part of the Tuks team who won in 2017.

The 2021/22 season was bittersweet for Mpedi. AmaTuks finished second on the log standings of the Championship. So they got to contest to qualify for the DStv Premiership. AmaTuks only needed a draw in their last game but lost. 

"Although not qualifying was heart-rendering, there were some positives from our campaign. I know now that AmaTuks has what it takes to the next level. All it will take is self-belief, hard work and discipline from every player," Mpedi said.

AmaTuks finished 8th on the log this season. Mpedi is honest in his assessment of their performance.

"As far as I am concerned, we have failed as a team. There are definite things we need to improve on. If there was one thing that has put us on the back foot, it is losing eight of our regular players from last year. They got signed to play in the Premier League. The youngsters needed time to adjust to playing at a higher level. Unfortunately, with the high stakes, they had no time to do so. Every team wants to qualify to play in the Premier League. So there is hardly ever an easy game."

Football is genuinely Mpedi's passion. When he is not playing or training, he is watching football games. On the day of the interview, he was planning to watch Mamelodi Sundowns play. 

"I am a big Kaizer Chiefs fan, but still, I can't help but admire the way Mamelodi Sundowns play. I believe football is all about the team. There is never 'I' in the spelling of team. That is why I love watching Mamelodi Sundowns play. When they play, it is one for all and all for one."

According to Mpedi, he has learned through his on-field football heroics to solve personal problems. 

"Playing football is a way to relieve stress. When I play, I forget about everything else. All that matters is to solve the on-field problems. If I can do so, it positively impacts my private life as well.”

Senegal's Sadio Mane is Mpedi's role model. 

"He truly inspires me. He is not only a footballer. Sadio is a humantarian. There are so many stories of how he uses his money to make a difference in the lives of the Senegalese people. He has sponsored the building of a school, a hospital and is involved in many other community projects. If I ever could, I would love to do the same for our people."

- Author Wilhelm De Swardt

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