Masalesa: 'I'm back as a man'
Posted: 27 July 2017 Time: 10:52
New Platinum Stars midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa is determined to make his mark at the club he left as a boy and believes he now returns a matured individual.
KickOff.com earlier revealed that Masalesa was set for a meeting with Stars upon the finalisation of his move back to the PSL.
The club then on Tuesday confirmed that the fromer Orlando Pirates man, who had been plying his trade with Greek side AE Larissa on a short-term deal since the beginning of the year, has indeed returned 'home'.
Maselesa recently returned to the country to captain Stuart Baxter's Bafana Bafana at the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup in Rustenburg, where the team ended in fifth place, winning the plate final.
Now that he is back with Stars, who handed him his professional debut back in 2009, the 25-year-old is adamant that his growth will ensure he leaves a lasting impression with Peter Butler's side, and hopes to give back to the club for showing faith in his abilities with a three-year deal.
“From the last I was here, I feel like I left as a boy and I am coming back as a man," 'Vieira' told his club's website. "I have grown a lot not just as a player but as a person as well.
"Obviously I need to make an impact and I know that a lot is expected from me. That’s why Platinum Stars did all they could do to get me back. I just want to do well for the club, and I want to help the younger players grow as well.”
The lanky central midfielder has also explained what attracted him to join the Rustenburg-based side, and reveals that he was not short of options both locally and abroad.
“The funny thing is even when we were signing my contract, there was a call from Turkey because they heard that I was signing [with Platinum Stars]," he said.
"Dikwena did everything that they could to get me back, not just financially but I am also happy with the project that they have and where the club wants to go in the future. That was attractive for me and I felt I want to be a part of it."
Masalesa also reassured his faith in his new teammates, and believes Stars have the capabilities to compete with the big boys for some silverware.
“We have good crop of players, a good mixture of young players and experience with players like Robert Ng’ambi and Vuyo Mere.
"We have a squad that can challenge for a cup or two in the coming season. It’s unfortunate that we won’t be competing in the MTN8 but hopefully we can be competitive in other cups and the league as well.
"I just hope that the supporters come in their numbers to support the club. If the city of Rustenburg gets behind the team, I think it will help us to do well," concluded the former Bidvest Wits anchorman.