Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe, who was recently blessed with twins, is back at his Turkey base to prepare for the imminent resumption of the League.
The Yeni Malatyaspor centre-back was granted a two-week compassionate leave by his club after his wife gave birth to twins in March. However, Hadebe had to cut it by six days following an announcement the Turkish Super Lig would resume on June 12 behind closed doors.
“We are starting training on Tuesday and I feel very much refreshed. It was good to come and see my family, my new-born babies and I now go back with a settled mind,” he told The Chronicle.
The Warriors defender said he was ready to fight for a place in the team. “I’ve been working hard during the lockdown, religiously following the training programme given by the technical team. I also put in extra workouts because I want to be fit and ready as I missed a number of games because of a red card.”
The left-footed defender was red-carded on March 1 when Yeni Malatyaspor lost 0-2 to Denizlispor. He missed his team’s 1-1 draw against Konyaspor, 1-3 defeat to Trabzonspor and their last game, a 1-2 loss to Kayserispor on March 15.
Yeni Malatyaspor are languishing at the tail end of the 18-team League table in 15th place. They have amassed 25 points from 26 games. They face seventh-placed Fenerbache when the League resumes.
The Zimbabwe international represented Amakhosi 35 times across all competitions over the course of two seasons before his switch to the Malatya Arena.
He has made it clear his dream is to play in the English Premier League where his close friend Marvelous Nakamba is plying his trade with Aston Villa. He believes Turkey is a stepping stone.
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By Mthokozisi Dube