Lepasa reveals message from Micho

Nedbank Cup

TS Galaxy striker Zakhele Lepasa has revealed a messaged shared with him by Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic prior to his loan move.

Lepasa initially looked set to join the Pirates first team when he signed a professional contract with the club while starring on their pre-season camp of Nelspruit and Zambia last year.

Goals against Forrest FC and Gomes FC during their practice matches was not enough, however, as the 22-year-old was sent out on loan to First Division side Stellenbosch FC, where he instead found himself frozen out of the starting XI under Steve Barker.

His spell was subsequently cut short and he then joined Galaxy in January, where he has since rediscovered the form that initially caught the eye of the Bucs technical team.

Though he admits it was disappointing to be set away from the team after a good pre-season, Lepasa has since revealed the words he has held onto from ‘Coach Micho’.

“Coach Micho once came to me in Zambia and told me that he believes in me, and he believes that I can even go and play abroad – that’s what he said,” Lepasa revealed.

“So, I think that gave me a lot of confidence as a player, and me leaving there, they explained that it’s not that I wasn’t good enough but rather them making sure that when I do come back that I’m almost guaranteed to do well.

“Because, the last thing you want is to be there but perhaps not be ready enough, like you can play but not quite at the required level. So, I think the loan move – at first, it was hard to understand, yes, but it was quite a blessing in disguise.”

'Zakes' is set to lead Galaxy in their Nedbank Cup final against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, and has also been nominated in the Nedbank Cup categories for Player of the Tournament and Most Promising Player.