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Free State Stars' Sello Japhta felt he didn't get a chance at Orlando Pirates

Posted: 11 September 2017 Time: 17:30

Free State Stars returnee Sello Japhta says joining Orlando Pirates last season was the wrong move for his career.

Bucs snapped up Japhta and Ayanda Nkosi from Stars at the beginning of 2016/17. However, Japhta failed to feature for Bucs before being loaned to Chippa United in January where he only managed one league start and three substitue appearances.

The 26-year-old was then deemed surplus to requirements at Mayfair after reporting for pre-season duty, and has since reunited with Ea Lla Koto.

"I think it was my decision to leave them [Pirates] although they wanted me and I went there. But it was wrong for me to go there because I didn't get a chance," Japhta tells

"I felt it wasn't for football because I didn't understand why I didn't play as I was training with the team. But you train or you don't train, you are not part of the playing team and you are just adding numbers."

Japhta, who featured in Stars' 2-1 loss to Maritzburg United in their MultiChoice Diski Challenge opener on Sunday, has since realigned his priorities.

"You know money is the only reason that controls a person. I now see things differently; that money is not a priority but I need to look after my football career now going forward," he adds.

"The main thing is to play football. Having done well in the 2015/16 season, I expect the same performance that I did when I was here and that is to play football."

He adds: "The new coach Luc Eymael is good. I'm happy working under him and I understand the football he wants me to play."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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