Chabangu: In love with soccer again


‘Ace’ has 14 international caps to his name, but will surely add to that in the next week or so after being included in Gordon Igesund’s first national team squad since taking over from Pitso Mosimane.

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Alcohol and discipline problems meant Chabangu’s career looked dead and buried until he was thrown a lifeline (or several) by Igesund during his time at Moroka Swallows coach.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United midfielder admits he owes Igesund everything.

“For what he did for me I will be forever grateful,” Chabangu says in the latest edition of KICK OFF magazine. “No-one is soccer believed in me, but Gordon did. He made me believe in myself and that I could still succeed as a player. I can’t say enough how thankful I am to him.”

Igesund may have left Swallows, but some fine performances this season means Chabangu has been reunited with his ‘father’ in the national team. As the player himself says: “I am in love with soccer again.”

However, Chabangu knows that his newfound sobriety will take a massive effort.

“I can’t say I won’t drink at all or forever. I will just be more disciplined about everything. Slowly, slowly, I will get where I want to be.”

Read the full interview with Lerato Chabangu in the latest edition of KICK OFF magazine (issue 425), on sale now!