Lucky break for Baloyi
Posted: 2 November 2011 Time: 12:07 pm
In the latest issue of KICK OFF, Lucky Baloyi reveals how he had to play in defence to get a trial at Kaizer Chiefs – but insists he can benefit the strikers more from midfield.
'Sheriff' – who got the nickname in development because nobody could get past him in at the back – went for a trial at Chiefs from Tshiamo Sports Academy in Polokwane in 2005.
But there was a mix-up – Chiefs were expecting a defender, midfielder and attacker, and Tshiamo sent two midfielders and an attacker.
"When we arrived at Chiefs they asked, 'So who of you guys is a defender?' and the three of us kept quiet …
"We were so scared, because we thought we were going to be dismissed and I was so desperate to play for Chiefs, so I raised my hand and said, 'I'm the one who is a defender!"
Baloyi passed the trial with flying colours, and played in defence until Fani Madida arrived to coach the reserves, when he was moved to midfield.
"I prefer playing in midfield," he tells KICK OFF, "because I know our strikers can benefit a lot from me.
"I think one of my strengths is playing defence-splitting passes."
After Chiefs 0-0 draw with Maritzburg United last night, an unimpressed Vladimir Vermezovic will be hoping his strikers reap those benefits as soon as possible.
To read the rest of this exclusive interview, buy the LATEST KICK OFF monthly magazine, or CLICK HERE to buy it online.
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