Anas hurt by ‘relegation curse’ comments

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Newly signed TS Galaxy striker Mohammed Anas’ football journey in the past two seasons has not yielded the desired outcomes, but the Ghanaian still believes he is one of the best in the game.

Anas was amongst the nine new signings unveiled by the DStv Premiership side on Sunday.

The 26-year-old recently left Black Leopards following their relegation to the GladAfrica Championship. He had joined Leopards from Polokwane City, who were also relegated to the first division in 2020.

This has led to some unfortunate comments from some section of the football supporters on social media platforms labelling the former Free State Stars player as someone with bad luck.

But during an emotional interview with FARPost in Kameelrivier on Sunday, Anas said he has been made aware by close friends of those comments and admits it’s something that hurts him.

“It really hurts me,” he said.

“If you don’t know me and you talk like that about me, it will hurt you. It will affect you. This is a career that nobody must play around, you understand? Especially for me, I don’t play with my work. People are saying I took three teams into relegation, which three teams did I take? They must check nicely and they must talk nicely please because it really upset me.

“Those people who are saying I took these teams to relegation, was I playing at those teams? People must talk nicely. I am not the only one who was playing there, I was not the only player who was there. So, people must check history and talk nicely you understand? In all the clubs that I have been to in South Africa, I am a top goal scorer, no matter what, so people must check history and write nicely about us footballers because you will be in your house and you hear these kinds of things.”

“It is not professional you understand? As a player you know yourself and you know that you didn’t take three teams into relegation and people are saying that I am cursed. How do you define curse? No, I am not cursed, like I told you, I like it when people write stories about me and I prove them wrong. That’s who I am.”

On his ambitions at Galaxy, Anas said he has set his personal targets and wants to fight for his place in the team.

“I always want to improve and set targets for myself in any club I go. Unfortunately, maybe in some clubs that I have been to, maybe I don’t get opportunities to showcase my talent. Being here I will fight more because it’s a fighting team. We are like a team here so it’s up to me to apply myself, focus and work hard,” he added.

Anas was not part of the Free State Stars squad that got relegated in 2019. He played for the Polokwane City side that created history to become the first Limpopo team to finish in the top five in the league and scored 9 goals in all competitions.

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By Ofhani Munyai