Free agent Ayanda Nkosi says it's about who you know if you want to find a deal in the PSL and doesn't understand Siphiwe Tshabalala's move to AmaZulu.
In 2016 the former Maritzburg United star joined the Buccaneers from Free State Stars but saw his stay cut short after failing to break into the team.
Last season he returned to Ea Lla Koto in the GladAfrica Championship but only played four games in the 2019/20 season without scoring before being released in September.
The 27-year-old, who is currently still a free agent, says talent is no longer a top priority if you intend to sign for a PSL club in the current climate.
"These days it doesn't matter how good you are but about who you know... so I cannot complain. It's tough, but that's football," Nkosi tells KickOff.com.
Nkosi says he has tried everything in his power to find himself a club in the country but the problem is with the people in top positions.
"I even went to [Black] Leopards as they were looking for a striker, but they decided to go with Roggert Nyundu. Right now I don't have anything at all," he admits.
"If there's someone interested in me, they know where to get me, even in the NFD as long as they are going to give me what I deserve."
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Nkosi disagrees with those who claim his career started to go down after making a move from Stars to Pirates.
"No. If it wasn't for iBhakaniya I wouldn't be where I am. What I can say is sometimes football is not honest. Those who are talented don't get signed," he ponders.
"Look at the situation of Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala], he was supposed to go back to Chiefs. Let's be honest, his team is Chiefs. After things didn't work out oorkant... he belongs on top of South African football.
"But now he has to sign for a team that is down there... I don't understand this. Me, all I want is to play football. It doesn't matter who I play for, I will play my heart out."
Tshabalala revealed after his unveiling at Usuthu that his relationship with new owner Sandile Zungu went beyond football as the businessman is also a mentor in his off-field endeavours.
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