Bizana Pondo Chiefs supporters will be disappointed that their favorite player, Ayanda ‘Walaza’ Khunta didn’t play much of a role in the GladAfrica Championship.
Khunta, who hails from Mtata, is one of the players that played a huge role in helping the Indomitable Lions of Skomplaz to win promotion to professional football, under the tutelage of Tsepo Motsoeneng.
After sustaing an injury in the ABC Motsepe national playoffs last season Khunta could not carry on where he left off in the ABC Motsepe Eastern Cape League.
The attacking midfielder told FARPost that he understands the frustration of the supporters who have been behind the team, during their maiden season in the GladAfrica Championship.
“I was derailed by my injury and I only experienced the league in the few matches, I wish I had been with the team from the beginning of the season,” said Khunta.
“I have noticed that in this league you need experienced players, we only had young players in our team we didn’t know much about professional football.
“The supporters have been behind us the whole season and we understand how they feel, because they expected much from us and we didn’t deliver.
“I’d like to encourage Pondo Chiefs supporters not to lose hope and get mad at us, these things happen in football. We’ve been relegated, we can’t change that but we’ve learnt a lot and we aim to come back soon, we’ll rectify our mistakes,” he assured.
“I know that they were discouraged by my injury, but we’ll do our best to bring the team back to the GladAfrica Championship.”
The 25-year-old player reckons he learnt some lessons from some of the experienced players and it helped both the team and individual players, moving forward.
“At least we got the experience from the players and we also made some mistakes as a team. We only managed to rectify our mistakes at a later stage, which did not help us in anyway.
“The issue of injuries to some of our players also affected us in our plans. I have learnt that it is important to work hard as a player and a team.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter