Platinum Stars midfielder is delighted that Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter will get a closer look at him in the PSL
Posted: 28 July 2017 Time: 12:58
New Platinum Stars midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa could still be in Europe now, but a chance to join an undisclosed prominent Greek side fell through and he’s now looking to catch the eye of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.
Masalesa was at AE Larissa for six months before returning to the PSL to play for Dikwena for a second time in his career.
“I won’t lie, it was not necesasarily my plan to come back. We could not agree with Larissa on the next two years. Therefore they agreed to let me go,” Masalela tells KickOff.com.
“The two years was an option that did not have figures, so I decided to leave. We were talking to other clubs. There was one club in Greece, a top flight club, but the move fell through. At the time they would have liked me to join them before their Europa League qualifiers, but the move, for whatever reasons, fell through. One of the issues was money. Ever since I was there my value had increased a lot and I know what I deserve as a player. Football is a short career.”
Masalesa, who will only start training with Dikwena next week, may have been in Europe for a short period, but he brings back valuable lessons.
“To be honest, one of the reasons I came back was Bafana Bafana. I have a strong belief that if I am in the eyes of the coach, then I have a chance to be selected. If opportunities to come [to go back to Europe], I will consider it. But from a football and financial front, I am happy to be at Platinum Stars,” he says.
While I was there, I learnt that appication in training goes hand in hand with your performances in games. I am more experienced in how you should look after yourself in order to perform.”
The 25-year-old is confident Stars can compete for silverware and go back to playing on the continent, after they reached the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup this year.
“They have shown previously that they can compete, not only in the PSL, but continentally. I would like to win a trophy and get into the reckoning with Bafana Bafana. Those are my goals for now.
“I am not young, but not old as well. There’s still a lot I can get out of my career. I know that I wanted to go to a club where I would be appreciated if I do well. I don’t want to be somewhere where I am adding numbers.”