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Rooi Mahamutsa does not see move to Free State Stars as a step backwards

Posted: 18 May 2018 Time: 20:00

Former Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa does not think joining Free State Stars was a step back in his career.

Mahamutsa joined Ea Lla Koto last season after he was deemed surplus to requirements by former Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral.

At Stars, the 36-year-old defender has shown that he still has a lot to offer on the pitch. He has used his experience at the back to help inspire Ea Lla Koto to the final and a top-eight finish in the Absa Premiership.

“It’s not a step backwards. People say there are big teams, but if you check players who are at the small teams are the ones who go and make an impact at teams like Sundowns, Pirates or Chiefs.

“So I don’t feel like I am at a small team because the players we have here are good also.”

Mahamutsa won seven titles during his time with the Buccaneers and many would probably have felt that his trophy days were behind him when he joined Stars. But the veteran always believed that he would play in a final again.

“When you play football you want to get to a final. You can say you want to get to the last-32 or last-16. Every time you play a knockout competition you want to get to a final.”

At the moment, Mahamutsa does not know how long he will keep playing for.

“I can’t really say. If God says I should keep going, then I will still push,” he said.

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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