Off the pitch with Belux Bukasa Kasonga

This week Silindile Xulu of chats with one of Usuthu’s longest serving warriors in former DRC international and central defender Belux Bukasa Kasonga on what has seen remain a sterling figure at the kraal.
SX: How would you describe yourself?
Belux was born in Democratic Republic of Congo 32 years ago, and I am a God fearing husband and father, I am always smiling and joking, I do not keep grudges.
SX: When and where did you start playing football?
I started playing football back home in DRC from 1995 to 1999 in school. When I was in matric, I was selected by a team called AC Vita FC where I played for 3 years and later joined Spartak Moscow in Russia. The same year I also played for the national team of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
SX: So when did you come to South Africa?
I came to South Africa in 2003/2004 when I joined Ajax Cape Town after they had discovered me playing in Egypt. I only played at Ajax Cape Town for one season and left because there were just too many Congolese teammates who were just fighting for positions.
I then moved to Silver Stars which is now known as Platinum Stars where I played for two years and then joined AmaZulu FC in 2005/2006.
SX: You have played for Usuthu for 7 seasons and now going for 8, what has kept you in the club for so long?
I can say that I am truly blessed to be the longest serving player at the club. Discipline, confidents, respect and passion are some of the principles to my success.
SX: What are some of your interesting seasons?
The best season for me was when we survived relegation in 2006/2007 with Julio Leal as the coach for that season. At times I look back and say wow AmaZulu FC have come a long way.
The 2011/2012 season was also a very good season, everything in the club changed, we finished on 7th position on the log and we made it to Nedbank Cup semi-finals. The team has improved a lot we no longer play to fight relegation but we play to win and to be on top.
SX: What are thoughts about the Manchester United game?
Well I was excited to hear that, it is such a privilege to see Usuthu being recognized internationally and to be a part of such progress. We started training today and we are confident that we will play well.


SX: What do you enjoy doing if you are not on camp?
I spend time with my beautiful God fearing wife and 4 children. I also enjoy watching African Magic Movies and listening to African Music.
SX: What do you think is the ideal age to retire?
Ha! (Laughs) I might retire in 2016, I am still fit more than other young players and they might even retire before me.
SX: What are your plans there after?
I would love to be a technical member of AmaZulu FC maybe, I have so much love for the club they made me to be who I am today .Three of my children were born in South African when I already started playing  for AmaZulu FC, therefore I regard this as home.

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