After resurrecting his football career and finding form again at Maritzburg United, striker Thabiso Kutumela is happy to stand up and be counted.
‘Kutu’ as he is affectionately known in the team says his time at Orlando Pirates was a tough one and he was unfortunate not to make it.
He told FARPost that a combination of many factors contributed to him struggling at Pirates.
“I think you know, coming from a small team (Baroka) to a big team, you go and compete in a big team and competition is tough and you need to focus.”
“They want to win trophies and there are many players who want to play, competing for a place in the starting lineup, I think it was not bad I had my chance but the injuries, I was getting more injuries there,” said Kutumela.
With his form and confidence back the Team of Choice danger man would welcome a chance of playing for a big team again though he has not been approached yet.
“No one came and talked to me and no one has approached my agent but you know football is football, you can’t guarantee what is coming for your future,” he said.
“There is no one who does not want to play for a big team, it can come at a last minute, even at the closing of a transfer window. You can’t say no if where you are they say you can go, I won’t say no,” added Kutumela.
The Mokopane-born player has set his sights more on helping the team qualify for the top eight by the end of the season than individual accolades.
“By the end of the season what will make me happy is to save the team and be in the top eight with the team, that’s my goal to be in the top eight because we’ve been there last season.
“I think we can do it and I think if I can work very hard I can make it and get more goals to help the team not myself. If I look at myself alone the team will not go forward,” concluded Kutumela.
Interestingly, Maritzburg take on Orlando Pirates in Soweto today.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter