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WE CAUGHT up with Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa, who let us into his life.

WE CAUGHT up with Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa, who let us into his life.

Q: Tell us about yourself and family.

A: I was born in 1980 in Ladybrand, Free State. My mother's name is Matlhabeli and I'm from a family of three boys. I'm the eldest. I'm married to Julia and we have two daughters: O-Molemo, 4, and O-Lerato, 1.

Q: What makes you a success?

A: I don't see myself as a success yet - more like a work in progress. But I've tried to keep everything professional in my career and stick to the fundamental principles of hard work and discipline.

Q: You've been with Swallows for a while now. Any particular reason for your loyalty?

A: After my stints with Bloemfontein Celtic and Jomo Cosmos Swallows I just fit in. When I moved to Celtic, I was young and needed a challenge.

Swallows offered stability, though in football you can never say such a thing. This is my fifth season here.

Q: Tell us about the coaches you've worked with.

A: At Celtic, Styles Phumo and Serame Letsoaka did all the groundwork. I then worked with Gavin Hunt, who made me into a professional. I also enjoyed working with Julio Leal, who addressed everything - from taking care of my health to negotiating contracts.

Q: Some of the highlights at your team?

A: When I was first appointed captain of the team it was great being voted player of the season several times, and winning the Nedbank Cup.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: I have chosen to make my own path in life, so I can't really say. Writing one's own script is important because you can learn only so much from other people.

Q: Who, in your opinion, is the young player to watch in the PSL?

A: There are actually two - Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who has been brilliant for Kaizer Chiefs, and SuperSport United's Thandani Ntshumayelo.

Q: Your most difficult opponent?

A: Golden Arrows' Ntlantla Zothwane and whoever is on top of his game at the moment.

Q: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

A: Messi.

Q: The Spanish, English or Italian League?

A: Spanish, of course.

Q: Which four people would you invite to dinner?

A: My wife, David Kau, someone with money like Patrice Motsepe to pay the bill and US President Barack Obama.

Q: If you were the president what would you change about our country?

A: Get rid of corruption. This way resources are distributed to a lot more people. That will take care of the poverty and the crime.

Q: Which car do you drive? Colour?

A: A charcoal Polo Playa.

Q: If money was not an issue?

A: A Lamborghini or Bugatti.

Q: The most beautiful celebrity?

A: Alicia Keys. She is beautiful, loaded and talented.

Q: Your favourite meal?

A: Pasta and chicken.

Q: What do you do in your downtime?

A: I take my wife out to dinner, catch a movie or I study.

Q: What do you want to do after football?

A: Set up a business. Watch this space.