Menzi takes stock since Pirates days
Posted: 18 June 2018 Time: 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic attacker Menzi Masuku says a belief in his abilities has never waned despite struggling to build on the early promise he showed in his career at Orlando Pirates.
Masuku was promoted by Pirates in 2014/15 and caught the attention of many fans when he scored with a rocket strike against Celtic at Orlando Stadium to win the Goal of the Season award.
In the same campaign he helped the national U-23 team finish third in the CAF Youth Championship in 2015, and then he featured at the Rio Olympics the next year.
However, Masuku's profile dipped on his return from Brazil, as he was sold to Chippa United where he spent 18 months before joining Celtic in January this year.
The 25-year-old is unsure why his game hasn't gone to the next level.
"I don't think there was anything that I can say distracted me, because even you can check on your profiles and stuff," Masuku tells KickOff.com.
"Even when I came to Chippa I did play well. I went to the COSAFA Cup [last year in the North West with Bafana Bafana], I scored the goals.
"Whenever I get a chance for Celtic you can tell there's something I'm doing. I always contribute with opportunities for the club.
"Sometimes I don't have answers for all the things but I believe whatever is happening was meant to happen ... it's something for me to learn from and grow.
"In saying that, I just learnt that you have to accept things and that goal [2015 PSL Goal of the Season], those are the type of things that keep me going.
"I know I have got what it takes. Even my confidence will never drop because I know what I can do, which is the most important thing as a footballer. My confidence is always on top.
"I don't think there's any negatives I can take and put in my heart ... I just accept whatever comes my way and obviously I always work hard which got me where I am."
Meanwhile, Masuku will on Tuesday be donating school shoes and jerseys to his former school. He has partnered up with former Bucs teammate Ayanda Gcaba and Chippa duo Zitha Macheke and Thabo Rakhale.
"I took the initiative of creating a foundation which will help the young kids, even the elders," Masuku says.
"Right now it's just to go donate school shoes to my primary school. Since it is winter we decided to provide them with school jerseys, so that is what I'm going to be doing on Tuesday.
"I'm with my friend, which was my colleague Ayanda Gcaba. So we decided to partner up on this since he's also about helping the non-privileged kids; the kids who cannot afford to have these items.
"It'll be in KwaMashu, which is where I grew up and then later on I'm not so sure about that. But we are still trying to figure out when we are going to do it at Ayanda Gcaba's former school, where he matriculated.
"At the moment it all comes from our pockets. It's not that easy to get people who can fund you in these type of things, but we tried by all our means."