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Thabang Monare says winning MTN8 cannot erase Jomo Cosmos relegation hurt

Posted: 4 October 2016 Time: 13:14

Bidvest Wits midfielder Thabang Monare says the joy of lifting his first trophy with his new club cannot erase the hurt of relegating Jomo Cosmos.

Monare has come full circle from his time of interchangeably fighting to avoid top flight relegation and then First Division promotion during his four years with Ezenkosi, to lifting silverware with title contending Wits.

The 27-year-old played a starring role in The Clever Boys' 3-0 hammering of Mamelodi Sundowns in soaking wet conditions in Nelspruit last weekend.

However, despite admitting to the joy of tasting PSL glory for the first time in his career, the midfield workhorse says the hurt from Cosmos' failed relegation battles still haunts him until today.

'It [winning the MTN8 final] felt so good, I can't even explain the joy that I felt, especially getting my first silverware or medal in my home province [Mpumalanga]," Monare tells

"I don't even have words for the joy that I still feel even now, but that still doesn't erase the fact that I will be [forever] be on the list of players that got Cosmos relegated."

Monare also says his good combination with central midfield partner Xola Mlambo is something that happenned unexpectedly in the field of play.

"When it comes to the combination of me and Xola, I don't think that is something that I'd say I know what is really behind it," he adds.

"I think that the coach [Gavin Hunt] gives both of us different tasks. When we do those tasks it becomes the so-called 'great combination'.

The former University of Pretoria man feels it is not only about the Monare-Mlabo combination, but there are many other players in the team that deserve credit too.

"But you must remember that football is a team sport. People can tend to focus on me and Xola, but then there are lot of good players that we have within the team – players that are working hard for the team, and who should also be seen as good players," he concludes.

Monare has already won two man of the match trophies in the seven league and cup games he has played so far this season.

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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