Former Baroka captain finds new lease of life

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It has been two years now since former Baroka Captain Olaleng Shaku, goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke and Coach Kgoloko Thobejane were fired by the club for a drinking scandal.

The trio were dismissed after drinking alcohol inside the team bus en route from a League match against Free State Stars in 2018.

Although Shaku joined Witbank Spurs after he was let go by the Ga-Mphahlele side, things got from bad to worse as the Mpumalanga side was relegated to the ABC Motsepe League.

Speaking to FARPost on Tuesday, the 32-year-old has confirmed that he is now part of the North West ambitious side Polokwane City Rovers who compete in the 3rd tier.

“After the relegation with Witbank I joined Polokwane and I am so grateful that I have been given another opportunity to play football and look after my family once again,” he said.

Shaku tells this publication that he has had a one-on-one with his former Boss Khurishi Mphahlele to reflect on the incident which led to him parting ways with the club where he spent 9 years.

“Yeah I had a chat with him not only to thank him but also to properly apologise for letting him down with my behaviour after everything he had done for me and my family. But anyway it was a mistake because everyone can make a mistake in the world and we learn from them so that’s what I said to him (Khurishi Mphahlele).

“We also met during a June 16 tournament back at home and we had a friendly chat and shared jokes. Of course I do regret the incident but I don’t want to dwell too much because it was a mistake that taught me lessons about life it is just pity that I learnt the hard way. But I have certainly moved on now and I want to make a mark also here at City Rovers as well.”

The player affectionately known as Phiri in the football cycles also shared a word of advice to young players who have aspirations of turning professional one day.

“They should never take for granted what they are being told by the club Chairmen, their coaches or the senior players. They must respect themselves, always respect the clubs badge because most of the time when we do mistakes we don’t realise that age is not on our side and we don’t have time to recover so before you know it its already late and everything is messed up,” concluded Shaku.

City Rovers are currently top of the ABC Motsepe League in the North West with 7 matches remaining.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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