#AlumniOnTheMove | Dr Koketjo Tsebe

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Another phenomenal alumna we celebrate this Women’s Month is Dr Koketjo Tsebe who recently returned from Australia and New Zealand on an assignment as the team psychologist for Banyana Banyana during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Dr Tsebe, an award-winning renowned Clinical Psychologist, obtained her Doctoral Degree in Psychology (Specialising in Sports Psychology) from UFH in 2019. 

This is not the first time Dr Tsebe had been tasked with the significant role of catering for the mental needs of South African athletes during an international championship. In 2022 she was appointed as a psychologist for team SA at the African Union Regional 5 Youth Games that were hosted in Malawi.

Born in Mahwelereng Township, Limpopo, Dr Tsebe grew up playing baseball and softball, however, her passion for sports expands beyond the two sporting codes and spills over into the work she does in the sporting fraternity.

She is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee High-Performance Psychology Working Group and a board member on the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport.

She also rendered sports psychology services to the Limpopo Academy of Sports, the 2021 FNB Football First Coaching Clinic, the 2021 Carling Black Label Cup Championship coaches’ selection and has worked with recreational and high-performance elite athletes from different sporting codes.  

Dr Tsebe is currently a senior lecturer at UNISA and has provided expert advice on the topic of sports, mental health, and Covid-19 on different media platforms such as ThobelaFM, Capricorn FM, MotswedingFM, Radio200, PowerFM, SAFM, Enca, and far post-publication

In a previous interview conducted with UFH Media, Dr Tsebe said, “Mental health wellness is vital in athletic performance, therefore, the role of psychology in sports is to help both the athletes and coaches on and off the pitch issues. On the pitch issues include overcoming pressure and anxiety, recovering from injury, building resilience, commitment, and mindfulness. Off the pitch issues are personal difficulties that affect players and performance such as academic difficulties, relationship stress and mental health conditions such as depression.”

“My ultimate aspiration is to make a significant contribution in the field of sports psychology as an academic, practitioner and in leadership,” she said.

Some of her awards and achievements include:

  • 2021 Momentum gsports Awards finalist in the Special Recognition Award.
  • 2021 Mail and Guardian 200 Young South African finalist in the sports category. 
  • Recipient of the 2020 Limpopo Sports Awards for work in sport psychology.
  • National Research Foundation bursary holder for Honours, Master and Doctoral studies.