The cruelty in football career has hit so many players in the world. You can be the club fans’ idol for seasons and they can also forget about you in a split second. Players fight for possessions and once those behind you decide to pull their socks, it can simply be the end of your good times.
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Competition for possessions is high and there is no time to relax
Look at Kennedy Mweene who he had been Mamelodi Sundowns number one goalkeeper for the past three seasons. In those seasons he helped the club lift the league title after many years, but Denis Onyango came from nowhere and took his place. Remember Onyango had been with the club way before Mweene was signed.
Because of the competitive nature of this game, there is no margin for error. You can think you are in cruise control and even believe that those behind you are down and out. Only to find out they are still very much in it. It was all smooth sailing for Mweene he was on the team sheet in almost every match day.
Mweene’s heroics have been forgotten
All that has a changed in a split second, he is now a distant memory to many Masandawana faithful. One of the club legends John Tlatle feels it is time for Mweene to leave the club and look for more regular game time.
Football is also a life lesson
It took Onyango one sterling performance to knockout Mweene. That performance was against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout final.
This is a life lesson, never underestimate those behind you. Also, never doubt your abilities, you can be down and out but you are capable of bouncing back, Onyango will tell you.
So all in all, Football is not just a game but it is also a life lesson!
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