Former Black Leopards midfielder Lifa Hlongwane has opened up about his departure from the club.
The 27-year-old officially parted ways with Lidoda Duvha on Friday, after spending weeks on suspension for partaking at an Easter amateur tournament
Hlongwane together with Tebogo Makobela and Onyedikachi Ononogbu were earlier this month told to stop training with the club after playing at the Thabiso Semenya Easter tournament without the club’s permission.
While Makobela and Ononogbu are still serving the suspension until at least the end of the season, Hlongwane has left the club as of Friday.
“Obviously after the suspension, I had to think of the way forward since my contract was coming to an end in two months’ time anyway,” Hlongwane told FARPost.
“I played and enjoyed my stay at Black Leopards but for peace sake, I decided that I would rather terminate my contract. I was in the office today with the management and we really ended things well. I wish Majita (players) all the best in the quest to survive relegation,” he said.
On playing at the Thabiso Semenya Tournament, Hlongwane admits it was an error of judgment from his side.
“Obviously I apologise and regret having to go and play at the tournament, but I was not playing because of money. I am one player who grew up playing amateur tournaments and not at development teams. So I played at that tournament because I wanted to regain my confidence because I had a bad game against AmaZulu the previous weekend.
“I feel I could have done better. I want to apologise to the fans and the team but now I think it’s time for me to move on with my career. The Leopards fans have always rallied behind me, even my teammates were like family so the only thing I can do now is to wish them good luck for them to survive. But I also wish I was in the field to help the team as well,” added the former Jomo Cosmos winger.
On his future, Hlongwane says he will be heading home until the next move is finalised.
By Ofhani Munyai