Thamsanqa Mkhize gutted by failed Orlando Pirates move
Posted: 23 August 2016 Time: 10:48
Gutted former Maritzburg United full-back and still-free-agent Thamsanqa Mkhize explains how his move to Orlando Pirates fell through.
Mkhize agreed to join Bucs on a three-year deal but the club pulled the plug after new Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral felt he was not someone he was looking for.
The Durban-born player says Pirates technical director Stanley Tshabalala told him in the hotel that the club will no longer be signing him.
Mkhize tells KickOff.com he holds no grudge against anyone, nor with the club.
“To be honest and frank, it wasn't Muhsin but Orlando Pirates’ manager that told me Muhsin doesn't need me and I’m not part of the players that he will use this season,” he reveals.
“So for me when I heard that from ‘Screamer’ [Tshabalala], it's not that I'm angry at someone or disappointed in myself. But obviously it hurt me as a player when you have told yourself that you are getting the opportunity to play for a bigger club and then that move doesn’t materialise.
“What hurt me most was my family because for them they read it from the newspapers and at that time I was still in Johannesburg. I explained to them and I said 'wait for me to come back and explain to you so you can understand' because to them they thought I did something wrong and I didn't do well at the training.
“I never trained with Pirates. But obviously as a player you will be disappointed that things didn't go accordingly. At the same time you ask yourself 'how come because they didn't give me the opportunity to see me on the field if they have signed a proper player or not'.
“I stayed in the hotel and at the end they let me go, just like that.”
The former Golden Arrows defender says the next step for him now is to find another club and he wishes many players can take a leaf out of the book of his failed move.
“Obviously my next step is to get a club that I will play for this season,” Mkhize says.
“And obviously it is every player’s dream of playing for a bigger club. I had a wish to play for a big club and achieve something. At some point these things do happen and we need to look at the positive side and maybe it is for the best because even today I don't know why this move didn't happen.
“How can a team take you and sign you and at the end you don't train with them even once and you only trained at the Virgin Active and you never touched the ball, and yet the next thing they tell you to go?
“For me this is a lesson and I wish many players can learn from my experience. At some point as football players, we want to reach a high level by playing for big clubs especially in South Africa because we want to achieve big things.
“But disappointment can occur along the way like what happened to me. Because as a player I envisaged myself to play for a big club that is going to challenge me.”
While Mkhize is still stomaching the whole debacle, he is currently at home training on his own after failing to agree new terms with Maritzburg.