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Bittersweet move for Matsi

Posted: 18 June 2015 Time: 21:53

Former University of Pretoria midfielder Mpho Matsi has revealed that joining Mpumalanga Black Aces has left a sweet and sour taste in his mouth.

Still, he is looking forward to the challenge and believes he has what it takes to excel at the club.

KickOff.com announced on Tuesday that the Pretoria-born man has joined AmaZayoni on a two-year deal and is set to join Muhsin Ertugral’s side this week.

Matsi has been with Tuks since 2008 and says leaving his home is a bit emotional, but is ready to fce the new challenge head on.

“It’s true, I’m leaving Tuks and joining Aces, I’m happy but there’s this feeling, how do I put it? It’s sad, but I’m happy as well for obvious reasons,” said Matsi.

“It’s a new challenge, and I received advice from Dipsy Selolwane when we played with him: he said that if an opportunity arises, I need to consider it.

“I think working with Muhsin will teach me a lot and take my game to the next level. He’s a coach who’ll teach me new lessons in football.”

The 25-year-old central midfielder who deputised for captain Tebogo Monyai added that leaving the Tshwane outfit after many years at the club will require professionalism from him.

“It is sad I must be honest, but then I must grow as a footballer, this move is something big for me,” he said.

“I haven’t had a chat with Tebogo, but the other guys have wished me well and congratulated me on the move. We’ll meet as opponents, but having a new home away from Pretoria is still sinking in.

“Tuks gave me a chance to play football and get noticed, so I’d like to thank them and wish them well too.

“The fans were fantastic to me, these are the fans that will never boo you, they’re always behind the team.

“However, it’s football and I’m now at Aces, so life goes on.”

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