Orlando Pirates award winner Luvuyo Memela wishes he got his break earlier in football
Posted: 23 July 2018 Time: 12:00
Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela sometimes wishes he was discovered earlier in his career.
Memela had his best season last term since joining the Buccaneers in 2015 from Cape Town All Stars, scoring five goals which was enough to win him the Golden Boot gong at the club’s awards in Johannesburg last week.
Many had called for Memela to get an opportunity in the Bafana Bafana squad, but at age 30, going on 31 in September, his chances of playing regularly for the national team are slim.
He had been to trials with clubs such as Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows, but none of them were able to see his talent and give him an opportunity in the topflight.
“Any player wishes that [to be discovered earlier], especially when you get to this age. Obviously I wanted to break through earlier, but it’s God’s will and I can’t do anything about it. I must just appreciate and respect whatever he puts me through and live my life,” Memela said at Pirates' prize-giving.
“It teaches others out there who still want to make it at this age that they should not give up. I hope this inspires them to work hard.”
Memela admitted that scoring five goals in a season is not enough and he will be going for more in the upcoming campaign.
“This award means I must keep pushing and working hard and try to score more goals, because five is not a huge number. At least if it was 20 or 25 I would be happy.”