” I lost that touch when I got to Chiefs”

former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder opened up about what he would have done differently if he was given the chance to go back to the Soweto giants one day.

Kabelo Mahlasela officially parted ways with Amakhosi on June 30, after the club announced that they were not renewing his contract following his loan stint with Polokwane City.

The 29-year-old was sent out on loan to Rise and Shine in January this year, after falling low down the pecking order at Naturena.

Since joining Chiefs from Bloemfontein Celtic in January 2018, the midfielder made just 17 domestic appearances for the Soweto giants, though a long-term injury made it hard for the player to cement a spot in the team.

“I think if I were to go back to Chiefs tomorrow or whenever, the only thing I would do differently is start by being myself, the old Kabelo. I think I lost that touch when I got to Chiefs, that touch of being myself. So, if I were to go back, I would definitely be the Kabelo Mahlasela from Celtic. 

“I wouldn’t say there’s something that made me lose myself, and I don’t want to dwell more on this thing of an injury, even though it played a huge part in my career when I got to Chiefs. Like you say, I got to Chiefs with high expectations to see me doing what I was doing at Celtic. I do not want to dwell more on the injury, but I would say it played a part,” he added. 

The player also discussed:

  • What he will miss the most about Chiefs
  • Whether he thinks that he was given enough chances to prove his worth
  • More on why he was unable to nail down a spot in the Amakhosi line-up

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