Chippa United midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa has described this season as his most difficult ever.
Masalesa has spent the better part of this season in the medical room than on the pitch owing to two serious injuries.
In pre-season, after joining Chippa from Black Leopards, Masalela suffered an Achilles injury in a friendly match against Cape Town City. He missed the better part of the opening fixtures and on his third match, following his return to the pitch, he was struck again by injury when he twisted his ankle in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal against Mamelodi Sundowns in November.
“This is one of the most difficult seasons of my career. When you come to a new club, obviously you want to come in with a bang especially after doing well at (Black) Leopards.
“It was unfortunate that I got injured in pre-season and that has kept me out for a long time. I got back and even scored a winning goal in my second game back. I was really finding fitness and form only to be injured again. It has been difficult on the sidelines but it’s about keeping a positive attitude and supporting the players that are currently playing. I have been doing my rehab, which is not always easy,” Masalesa told FARPost.
Vieira, as Masalesa is fondly known, has been frustrated since he hasn’t had enough time to repay Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi, who showed faith in recruiting the former Orlando Pirates midfielder to Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
“I know the chairman of the club had big expectations for me and I know the lengths he went to in bringing me to the side. I feel disappointed that up to now things have not worked out from a personal point of view simply because of injuries. I have never had to struggle with injuries before. It’s been difficult but you just trust God and His plans for your life. Just try and come back as soon as you can. Just support the team and hopefully they continue to do well and get results,” said Masalesa.
As he is busy with rehab, it’s a question of wait and see before the 27-year-old from Mankweng, Limpopo, returns to strut his stuff on the pitch.
By Hosea Ramphekwa