Mamelodi Sundowns player Aubrey Modiba has opened up on his slow start to his career at the DStv Premiership champions.
Modiba joined Masandawana on a five-year deal from SuperSport United back in October 2020.
The 25-year-old appeared 30 times in all competitions with one goal and four assists during his first season under the guidance of co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena.
The League title with the Chloorkop-based side was the first for the Bafana Bafana international.
Speaking to the media during his Community service initiative work at his home village of Mentz in Limpopo this week, Modiba admitted that life at Sundowns was not easy at the beginning.
“Ups and downs, and I think everyone knows that I didn’t start that well but I had a strong mentality of wanting to bounce back. From where I was (SuperSport United), I was playing regularly, going to another team and don’t play but the reason was simply because players had been doing well and waited for my chance and grabbed it,” said Modiba.
“I think towards the end of the season I was myself, helping the team as much as I can so that we can win the league and happy to receive my DStv Premiership medal,” he added.
“I don’t really look into that (criticism) because those things can affect you as a player, but they can also build you. I didn’t look too much into that but I could feel and see some of the things that people were not happy with how I was performing and they were right.
“I needed to look myself in the mirror to be able to say ‘you can do well, you can achieve, you can work hard and be able to be in the team because you are not here by mistake. They brought you here because they saw something from you’, so I think it was up to me to be able to go back into the team,” he concluded.
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By Ofhani Munyai