Mahamutsa’s message to aspiring pro footballers

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It is now six days since South Africa went into a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and Ajax Cape Town defender Rooi Mahamutsa says aspiring professional footballers who “lack discipline” should use this time for self-reflection, planning and goal setting.

 A lot of people approach me and ask about football careers, but they don’t have the discipline it takes to make it, there is always an excuse if you want one,” said Mahamutsa.

“These are the moments you get to see character – good characters and bad characters. You get to see who is disciplined and who is not,” added the seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience as a professional footballer in the Absa Premiership and second-tier League.

‘Ngubo’ spent eight successful years at Pirates, winning back-to-back trebles and a total of seven trophies including two League titles and helped ‘Ea Lla Koto’ clinch the 2018 Nedbank Cup trophy – playing every minute of their run to winning the title. 

“Use this time [21 days] to write down your goals and road map how you want to achieve them. You have 21 days to stop making excuses and to work on yourself,” concluded the former Orlando Pirates defender.

The 38-year-old hard-tackling centre-back joined Ajax in February as a free agent after parting ways with Free State Stars at the end of last season.

The ‘Urban Warrior’ further encouraged the nation to follow the rules imposed by the government and to stay safe as a country [from the comfort of your own home].

“We are all about teamwork and we know that if we work together and use this time in a positive manner, we will be able find the good moments in this dark time.”

By FARPost Reporter 

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