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Siphelele Mthembu focused at Free State Stars following Kaizer Chiefs exit

Posted: 22 August 2017 Time: 10:51

New Free State Stars striker Siphelele Mthembu is putting a tough time at Kaizer Chiefs behind him and focusing on delivering for Ea Lla Koto.

The former Orlando Pirates hitman made his Stars debut in the 1-0 loss to AmaZulu on Saturday, coming on for the injured Allen Nono 24 minutes in at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium.

Mthembu aims to revive his career after a three-year spell at Chiefs, which only yielded 11 starts and four goals to go with 38 substitute outings on his return to the club from Platinum Stars.

The 30-year-old, who did not feature at all for Amakhosi last term, nevertheless feels his time was not wasted at Naturena.

"In life there's always lessons. I've learnt a lot and I've grown as a player. Personally there's always room for growing," Mthembu tells KickOff.com.

"As a player, you always challenge to play regularly and unfortunately it didn't happen. Maybe the coach Steve Komphela had other plans for other players. But anyway it is for me to let it pass now. I have to move on and try and work for Free State Stars."

Mthembu plans to make his experience count in Bethlehem.

"As I said, personally it's a growing stage and also as a player," he says.

"I've grown stronger and I think I can share with young players the experience that I got in the big teams.

"But glory be to God, it was nice to be back in the game but we [Stars] didn't do well and we lost. But anyway we've to pick ourselves up and work as a team."

Stars tomorrow night host champions Bidvest Wits at Goble Park (19h30).

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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