'Mashiane's addiction was always obvious'

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Kaizer Chiefs winger Happy Mashiane was always bound to break into the professional ranks considering the passion that he had for the game growing up in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.

These are the sentiments of one of his coaches at Tembisa Black Pirates – Martin Matsitela, formerly a midfielder with Tembisa Classic when they played in the PSL.

"He was always that kind of kid that you would never take away from football," recalls Matsitela of the Chiefs rising star who is nicknamed 'Stevovo' or 'Vavo'.

Mashiane's profile has been on the rise this term with three goals in 15 appearances playing from out wide. His three goals make the 23-year-old the joint-leading scorer for Chiefs in the league this season.

"Wherever he was he was always playing football. In one day, he could go and play in Kempton Park and then be back ekasi [Tembisa] to play again and then leave to go and play elsewhere the same day. He was a boy who lived for football since the time he was a kid.

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"Everywhere he went he just wanted to play football because all he ever saw was football. You couldn’t even stop him from playing because once you do that then he would have ended up in the wrong places doing nyaope.

"Based on what I know of him, I am not surprised that he has gone as far as he has done because the quality was obvious from as early as under-13. I think he is not even playing to his true potential yet right now at Chiefs because he was just class when he was here. He kept to the basics without doing all this dribbling.

"The plus was that he was passionate about football, playing football all day even on the streets. He would come to our training in the afternoon having been playing on the streets all day. He had the quality of a winger who knew that he had to bring in crosses into the box instead of just dribbling," says Matsitela.

Mashiane is from Umnonjaneni section in Tembisa – a walking distance from Mamelodi Sundowns' base at Chloorkop where he also spent time as a teenager.

Matsitela coached the Chiefs winger at Black Pirates when the team was campaigning in the SAB League. 

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