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Ex-Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Mbulelo Mabizela reveals autobiography plans

Posted: 25 June 2018 Time: 20:00

Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Mbulelo Mabizela plans to soon release an autobiography detailing a tumultuous career.

'OJ', who has had a frosty relationship with the media, has been approached by European publishing houses to tell his story but he wants it to be a South African production.

The 37-year-old notably earned a dream move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2002 from Orlando Pirates, but didn't last long at the English giants despite his undisputed talent.

Among his other achievements, he became Bafana's youngest skipper at the age of 22 in 2003, as he earned 45 caps and scored twice for the national team.

At club level he also turned out for Mamelodi Sundowns, Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits, Chippa United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, AmaZulu and Royal Eagles over the past 15 years.

"No one knows the truth about me. Even yourself, you don't know the truth about my life," Mabizela tells KickOff.com.

'I'll ask you a simple question: Do you know why I changed my surname from Old John and use Mabizela? The thing is people don't know the challenges I faced and how much I was getting paid, they don't know. And [former agent] Mike Makaab, how much he made out of me. Nobody knows but I know. But I'm ready to pull that all out.

"But the first thing I'm going to do, I'll have an official game where I'll be announcing my retirement from football. My municipality [Msunduzi] is not putting in much effort to come on board. There are a few municipalities who have responded to my request, but they want to play the game near their municipalities. I want to do it in my hometown in Umgundundlovu, but my municipality has yet to respond and that is sad.

"I know I was a trouble maker but no one knows the crux and bones of it, of why what happened happened.

"I'll ask you a simple thing again: Why do former Orlando Pirates players, when they come back from abroad, they don't go back to Pirates? I know why and I'll reveal that in my book. I can assure you at some time the truth will come out.

"What I'm trying to say is there's so much I'm going to let out in my book. But for now I want my documentary to be done by a South African, not by people from abroad. I don't want to sell my document to the European media like what happened to late statesman Nelson Mandela. They then made a lot of money, I don't want that.

"I'll say for the first time the journalists played a big part in my career and if it wasn't for the media I wouldn't be known and be where I am today."

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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