Cape Town City's Thamsanqa Mkhize holds no Orlando Pirates grudge
Posted: 26 October 2016 Time: 10:02
Thamsanqa Mkhize is feeling welcome at new club Cape Town City and insists he harbours no resentment over his failed move to Orlando Pirates in the off-season.
Mkhize initially agreed to join Bucs on a three-year deal in July after his contract expired with Maritzburg United.
However, the deal was cancelled with the arrival of coach Muhsin Ertugral at Mayfair. Mkhize previously had little joy working under the Turk at Golden Arrows.
The defender was then training on his own in Durban before linking up with City, making his debut in the 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout a week ago.
"Obviously I got a club that brings joy to me so I can proceed with my football career," Mkhize tells KickOff.com.
"I have been with the club for the past three weeks. I was on the bench against Highlands Park in the league match and I played the Telkom Knockout Cup last-16. I’m grateful to Cape Town City for affording me the chance, especially the coaches, to play again even though I didn’t have a pre-season. But the chance they gave me I accepted with warm hands.
"When I started training with the club they saw what I can offer them. They gave me the opportunity to play again, of which I appreciate that a lot. What is left for me is to reach the fitness level that my other colleagues are at since they had a proper pre-season.
"(Coach) Eric Tinkler was very good to me from the onset and I’m happy with the way the teammates accepted me and supported me to be part of the team. Obviously as the season continues my wish is to play regularly and help the team to finish in the top eight."
Asked if he holds a grudge against Pirates, he replies: "I would be lying if I say I still hold a grudge against Pirates. What happened at Pirates it happened, so holding grudges against won’t help me and I won’t get any return. It is something that happened and it is something I have let it pass me."