The Moroccan club of Zebras speedy winger Kabelo ‘Skhebo’ Seakanyeng, Olympique Khouribga (OCK), is currently facing the risk of relegation from the country’s top-tier football league, the Botola Pro League.
At the time of going to press this week, OCK was in 15th position out of 16 teams, with 22 points earned from 26 games played so far.
With only four matches remaining in the season, the team is tied on points with the 16th-placed IR Tanger. Nevertheless, OCK can take solace in the fact that they are three points away from the 13th-placed Mouloudia Oujda. In this league, the bottom two teams will face relegation. To improve their position, Seakanyeng’s side is set to take on the table-toppers Far Rabat on the 11th of this month (Sunday).
Fondly known as “Skhebo,” Seakanyeng joined OCK in late 2020 alongside Tumisang Orebonye who currently plays for USM Alger in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1, and Simisane Mathumo, who is now with Township Rollers in Botswana. Together with Orebonye, the speedy bantam player helped OCK secure promotion from Morocco’s Botola 2 (First Division) to the country’s elite league, Botola Pro. Seakanyeng has had a robust record during that campaign, contributed eight assists and scoring seven goals.
His remarkable form from Botola 2 carried over to the Botola Pro League where he scored eight goals and provided nine assists during the 2021-22 season. In August 2022, Seakanyeng’s exceptional performance earned him a loan move to Dibba Al-Fujairah Club in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a year, with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the season.
However, his stint in the UAE Super League was cut short as he only made two appearances in the first half of the 2022/23 season, prompting his return to OCK in Morocco. Since rejoining OCK, Skhebo has managed to score only one goal and provide two assists in nine matches. In an interesting turn of events, Seakanyeng’s former OCK teammate, Tumisang Orebonye, made history by becoming the first football player from Botswana to win the CAF Confederations Cup.
Orebonye achieved this feat with USM Alger on June 3, 2023. As the Botola Pro League nears its conclusion, the pressure is mounting on Olympique Khouribga where Kabelo ‘Skhebo’ Seakanyeng’s contributions will be crucial in their fight against relegation. Only time will tell if they will secure their position in Morocco’s top-tier league or face the disappointment of dropping to a lower division.