Gift Motupa faced plenty of difficulties in his first season at Mamelodi Sundowns, adapting to a new environment at a new club during a pandemic, while suffering from an injury, but came through it all to finish the season with the greatest moment of his career so far.
The 26-year-old forward has opened up on how he turned his form around and also how the injury derailed his start at Chloorkop.
When he joined Bafana Ba Style in the off-season of the last campaign from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits, there were lots of expectations placed upon the Ga-Chuene-born footballer as a result, with the hopes of strengthening one of the most lethal attacks in the top-flight.
On his return from an injury that made him sit on the sidelines for quite some time, Motupa looked fitter and fresher and produced several decisive moments during Masandawana’s title run-in.
“Firstly for me with the injury it was not easy but I had the support from the team; technical staff, players and the medical team and I managed to come back stronger,” Motupa tells FARPost.
“When the opportunity came, I worked very hard to such an extent that I made sure I use it wisely because we have a lot of players. That’s why you can see that there are some players who didn’t play or just played only a few games because it’s tough. However, when you do well you will keep on playing and that’s how it is at Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It was a very difficult season but very supportive to each other.”
The talented frontman managed to play a total number of 11 games across all competitions for the Brazilians last season, scored a goal and weighed in three assists in the process.
With all being said and done, It was a cathartic moment for the former Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates player when he won his first Premier Soccer League (PSL) title with the Tshwane-based outfit. This was not just his first PSL title, but also his first professional medal in his football career.
“When I came to Sundowns, I knew that it’s a team that wins medals, so I said to myself that I need to join them,” he adds.
Motupa aims to work hard and score more goals and contribute to the club’s success when they return for the new season.
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By Mauwane Raophala