In a conversation with FARPost.co.za, former Kaizer Chiefs winger Bhongolethu Jayiya has shed light on his current situation.
Since his exit from Naturena in May, the 29-year-old has remained clubless and he’s explained to our Football Writer, Amahle Siphungu, what he’s been up to these days.
“I consider this taking a break from football and just focusing on my studies – getting my masters in Accounting,” said Jayiya, who’s studying through distance learning institution, University of South Africa (Unisa).
“The main thing is just taking a break. I’m not on trial anywhere. I just love being around my family and enjoying the peace,” said the lad from Soweto.
“The passion for football is there and I can’t deny it. [But] for me starting this journey was because I wanted to have fun – football is fun, but the last two years haven’t been fun so I needed to take a break to re-focus. But I’m eager to continue so let’s see where the road takes me.”
Indeed, Jayiya didn’t have the best of times at Chiefs, at least in terms of what happened on the field of play.
Having arrived at the club in 2017 from Cape Town City, Jayiya contributed two assists in 20 appearances.
For a player who showed so much quality at City, Jayiya would be the first to admit that he could have done a lot better at Chiefs.
“Chiefs was a great (platform) and can’t complain about it. It was a good experience you know and I just had to enjoy myself,” he reflected on his two years at Naturena.
“I ask myself what went wrong? But at the end of the day it comes back to a business decision of how they let players go and how you perceive an opportunity that you should use if its given to you,” Jayiya stated.
“For me, I don’t think I was given enough time to showcase my talent and maybe that’s because of the pressure they have of winning trophies, which is understandable.
“It was a good challenge – it was a good outing to see what’s happening in big teams and I was just grateful for the opportunity. It’s just unfortunate that I didn’t play much.”
Jayiya also spoke on the decision he made to leave Cape Town City for Amakhosi and insisted that he has no regrets whatsoever.
“There’s nothing to regret. We had a discussion during the time I was there (at City) that I should get a renewal, but we didn’t agree on figures so we decided not to continue.
“I had to move on and the first thing that came to me was Chiefs because I grew up supporting the club and I wanted to be back home and close to my family . I’m a very family orientated person. In life you never say you regret things, but you learn from them,” added Jayiya.
For now, Jayiya is keeping fit in a gym and waiting for his next opportunity. It would appear however that he’s looking at other options.
“At the end of the day if football doesn’t work, you need to find other means to enjoy and contribute to the community and world, so for me football is not my last resort.”
FOR THE RECORD…
There’s a general belief that Jayiya holds the record for the fastest hattrick in PSL history following his 10-minute heroics for Cape Town City against Chippa United at Athlone Stadium in April 2017. City won the match 4-1.
But the record holder is in fact Zambia’s James Chamanga, who netted a hattrick in just three minutes for then topflight side, Moroka Swallows, against Platinum Stars at Germiston Stadium back in 2007. Chamanga scored in the 23rd, 24th and 26th minutes.
By Amahle Siphungu