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Real Kings midfielder Papy Faty ready for new season after KZN Premier's Cup performance

Posted: 31 July 2018 Time: 14:00

New Real Kings midfielder Papy Faty says he does not fear pushing himself despite his previous health issues.

The Burundian recently penned a two-year contract with Kings after his career was derailed by a heart condition two years ago when in fine form for Bidvest Wits.

And the 27-year-old showed no ill effects of his lengthy lay-off in the KZN Premier’s Cup this past weekend, scoring two goals and looking sharp in the engine room for the National First Division club in matches with AmaZulu and Uthongathi.

Asked about his fearless displays in the number eight jersey, Faty told KickOff.com: “You know when sometimes you push yourself and say you want to do this, you need to go all the way.

“Since I decided to come back to play there was never even a fear ... the only one to fear is God, I cannot fear anything.

“If there was some scares I wouldn’t even put myself in this and play football 90 minutes [against AmaZulu in the semi-finals on Sunday] all the way since yesterday [against Uthongathi].

“If there were scares I’d have told the coach [Simo Dladla] I feel like I’m not ready for the second game. But since I feel fit enough it is why I have to push myself.”

Kings beat Uthongathi 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the KZN Premier's Cup, with Faty heading home the winner at the back post off a cross from Edward More after coming on as an early replacement for left-footed centre-back Vukile Mgqibisa.

He scored again in the sem-final loss to eventual tournament winners Usuthu, pouncing on a mistake by his former Wits teammate Moeneeb Josephs with a looping finish into an open net. He was a livewire throughout the pre-season contest at Umlazi’s King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday, also testing Josephs with a vicious shot when through on goal.

Faty is determined to give his best in the coming campaign.

“I’ll keep myself going until the end of the season. Each and every game I’ll take it as one by one because I cannot say I’ll play like this for the rest of the season, because I don’t know how my performance is going to be,” he continued.

“First of all, the coach believes in me and it is the reason why he called me to come and support the team. I even told him that there’s not even any sign of [a health scare].

“I’ve played like this almost nine friendly matches, and each and every friendly game I’m performing for the 90 minutes. Some of the games I go for 120 minutes. I feel like I’m ready and I’ll give my best for the entire season for this team.”

Besides Faty, Kings have also signed Thato Sefoli and ex-AmaZulu man Tebogo Moerane ahead of 2018/19.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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