SuperSport United rising midfield star Jesse Donn admits to have gone through a bit of depression in the two years of waiting for his big break, after joining the Tshwane side from NFD outfit, Ubuntu Cape Town.
And that’s because, at the back of his mind, the now-22 year old midfielder couldn’t fathom why he couldn’t break into the team, after having been a regular at his previous club.
That he has now featured in all four matches for Matsatsantsa a Pitori in all competions, bagging back-to-back man of the match award performances in their last two league games, is not the kind of personal success that the towering midfielder boasts about.
In fact, such personal accolades come secondary to what he really wants to achieve at the club this season.
“It feels great to have received the recognition I had gotten in our last two games, however, my focus in not centred on that,” Donn said. “My goal is to help the team to achieve our objectives in every match that we’ll get to play in. We want to win all of the games that we play in, and that’s what I want to contribute to. Credit must also go to Tebs (Teboho Mokoena) for my performance this season. He took me under his wing and has played a part in helping my game to be where it is now.
“I enjoy being (part of the starting eleven) because I know what it is like not to play, while you are in the team,” Donn added. “I went through that frustrating period for two years and I’ll be honest enough to state that I went through anxiety and got a bit depressed during that period. Training and travelling with the team without playing, during those two years, really got to me. Fortunately enough, I’ve got a really good supportive structure all around me and they were able to get me through that trying period. My belief in Christ also played a major part.”
Donn also stated that he was pleased with how his team has started off their league campaign this season, given the fact that they are yet to concede a defeat in their last three matches. The player also added that they are hoping to build from their unbeaten run when they take on Swallows this Sunday at Dobsonville Stadium (Kick-off 3pm).
“We’ve produced good results in our last three league matches,” Donn said. “We are happy with the points we have collected and the Swallows fixture is another match to grind for those desired results. We know what they are all about and we will prepare accordingly to push for a win in that game.”
By Mohau Ramashidja