Get to Know Rising Football Commentator Kamogelo Maite

Rising community football commentator, Kamogelo Maite, is aiming to one day work at some of the biggest radio stations in South Africa and on television. Photo: Supplied

Remember the name Kamogelo Maite because this up and coming sports commentator is determined to become a regular on television and radio in the near future.

Maite started football commentary at the age of 16 and has been given opportunities at community level where she has been honing her skills.

She recently caught the attention of South Africans when she commentated on the Thabiso Semenya Easter Games, with many calling for mainstream media to give her a shot at her big dream.

Nonto Nothana tracked down Maite to find out more about this rising broadcast star and learnt more about her passion for broadcasting, her role models and her dreams of making big in the industry.

 

Kamo, thank you for taking your time out to chat with gsport. What made you fall in love with football commentary?

I listened to radio commentary for most of my life and I loved football from a young age. While I would listen to the radio commentary, I would tell myself that when I grew older, I want to be heard on radio like those commentators.

 

Please tell us about where you grew up and how has life been with your family.

I grew up in Moletjie outside Polokwane with my grandparents, my mother’s side. I grew up in a family that loved and supported me with everything that I was participating in, from school sports to when I started with football commentary at the age of 16. I never felt neglected in any way because my family has always been by my side since I was young.

 

Where did you attend school and which institution did you study your diploma?

  1. I started at Sebokela Primary from Grade R to Grade  7.
  2. Enrolled at Maserole Secondary School and I completed my Grade 8 there.
  3. Went to Mphethantsha Secondary School where I did my Grade 9 until I complete my matric.

After my matric, I enrolled for a Diploma in Building at Tshwane University Of Technology from 2019 and completed in 2020.

 

What led you to your love and passion for commentating, more especially in your home language?

I realised my passion for Sepedi football commentary when I was still in primary school. I remember one day taking my grandma’s phone and recording myself doing an Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs game and that was when I realised that I have passion for it and I never turned back.

 

Who has been your strongest influences in this football commentary industry?

Carol Tshabalala and Connie Matjipa.

 

How would your friends and acquaintances describe you?

A loving, funny soul that doesn’t angry for a long time. I can be angry now and the next moment I am laughing.

 

How many football commentary opportunities have you been afforded to date?

I had an opportunity to commentate at the Tlou Segolela Annual Festival Tournament, Jeffrey Matjee Easter Games, Metjoe Annual Festive Tournament and Thabiso Semenya Easter Tournament.

 

What are you looking to improve on when it comes to your commentating?

I want to improve my voice. I want to be able to maintain it without being too loud, while giving entertainment to football spectators.

 

What is your vision for the future?

I want to see myself being on one of the South African radio stations and on TV as a football commentator or broadcaster.

 

Where can people interact with you to collaborate and for those who would love to follow you?

On Facebook and Instagram – Kamo Kamogelo.

 

Photo Caption: Rising community football commentator, Kamogelo Maite, is aiming to one day work at some of the biggest radio stations in South Africa and on television. Photo: Supplied

 

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