It was a dream to sign for Amakhosi until he started working with coach Muhsin Ertugral.
“I was supposed to sign for Pirates. Bobby [Motaung] organised a meeting and I signed for Chiefs, which I did not regret,” Gilbert tells KickOff.com.
“[But] Muhsin did not make it easy for me and it seemed like he wanted me to fail. I won man of the match in my first match but it did not seem as I was ever good enough. The problem is he did not sign me, I was signed by the management. I think Muhsin wanted to prove a point and he did not want me to succeed at Chiefs. That for me is something I will never forgive him for. Coaches have a responsibility to build careers, not break them down.”
He continues: “I am happy with what I achieved. Of course I have regrets. I regret some of the opportunities I did not take with both hands. I am bitter towards some of the people that came in my way and made life difficult for me. But no career is free-flowing and many players will tell you that.”
After spending two years at Chiefs, Gilbert joined Moroka Swallows.
“I was playing my best football at Swallows. Then I went to Scotland and got injured. In my mind if I had not left Swallows, I believe things would have went better. I believe if I stayed at Swallows I would have reached new highs.”
Gilbert, who also played for Thanda Royal Zulu, is now working in the family business, but still wants to work in football as a coach.
“The transition is tough. You go from having a routine that was set for many years, but all of a sudden there’s change. I miss football – the training, competition, team spirit. It’s not easy, but I do keep myself fit. I play in charity matches and fun soccer games, which helps to get my fix. I am busy sorting out my coaching badges. I am striving to get my Uefa pro licence. I also do a lot of soccer clinics in rural areas.
“I do mountain biking to keep fit and to have fun. In terms of work my father has got a company that sells mining equipment to mines. It’s a family business.”
He believes he can coach in the PSL in future.
“I have attributes to be a good coach and I would certainly add value. I need to get my coaching badges and work my way up.”