Thabo Rakhale is keeping fit and working with a personal trainer at home in the Vaal while waiting to confirm his new destination when the current league season ends.
The 30-year-old midfielder, affectionately referred to as “Jomo”, can only feature competitively from next season as he waits for the 2019/20 Covid-19 hit campaign to be formally concluded.
“There is nothing more that I can do but to keep fit and be ready for next season at a new team. Right now, I am working with a friend of mine at home in Vaal who also happens to be a fitness trainer, training by myself to make sure that my fitness levels stay up,” said Rakhale.
Rakhale’s contract with Chippa United down in Port Elizabeth ended in June, with the player opting to look for a new club for the coming 2020/21 season, and one that he hoped will be closer to home in the Gauteng province.
As things stand, there is no confirmed date of when the current season can resume and be completed from both the Premier Soccer League and the SA Football Association.
Rakhale cannot play for any team for the remaining matches.
Having been a crowd favourite at Orlando Pirates, he was heavily linked with a move to crosstown rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, though the team is set to appeal the transfer ban from FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland in September.
“Training alone without any teammates is always going to be different but my fitness levels have to stay up. I’m itching to get back on the field like all the players, but we obviously are aware of the Covid-19 related reasons,” Rakhale said.
“I won’t lie, there has been a number of teams that have approached me about next season since we announced that my contract has ended at Chippa, and even though I was not able to stay to complete the season.
“I did tell them to wait until this current season gets finished, where then I will be able to weight up on all of the offers. I have heard rumours that have linked me to certain teams, but I prefer to not place any pressure on myself at the moment.”
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa