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Jabulani Shongwe unsure where he went wrong at Bidvest Wits prior to Golden Arrows move

Posted: 24 October 2017 Time: 14:30

Jabulani Shongwe says he still doesn't know what he did wrong after being deemed surplus to requirements at Bidvest Wits.

Shongwe scored three goals in 25 Premiership outings in 2015/16, but failed to play a single league game for Wits last term during their run to championship and MTN8 honours.

The midfielder slipped down the pecking order with the Students' signings of Xola Mlambo, Thabang Monare and Granwald Scott in 2016/17, with Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen also arriving more recently to add to the competition for game-time at Sturrock Park.

Shongwe is now seeing out the final year of his contract on loan at Golden Arrows.

“I was disappointed because the team won. I was happy for the guys but I didn’t contribute, I didn’t play a single game,” Shongwe tells KickOff.com.

“So it was tough for me. I had to be strong and thanks for the support I got from my manager [Jazzman Mahlakgane], my family, my friends. They were there for me and they kept on pushing me to work hard. I’m grateful that I’m here today because it wasn’t easy.

“I’ll sit and ask myself, ‘what did I do wrong?’. But obviously sometimes you can’t find answers. So as a parent now I had to be strong because I got a child, I had to keep on working hard.

“I never gave up and I kept on pushing until the end but it didn’t come [the chance to play] and only God knows why it happened at that time. That’s why I’m happy to be here and I’m grateful for that. Still today I don’t know what I did wrong.”

The former Mamelodi Sundowns man is unsure where he will ply his trade next season but ruled out a return to the Clever Boys.

“I’m only left with a one-year contract with them and I’m not going back because my contract is coming to an end,” he says.

“But I’m grateful for the opportunity they gave me and for the support. To be playing for Wits, it was one of the greatest things in my life.

“But I’ll have to move elsewhere next season. I’m happy where I am and who knows where I’ll be next season.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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