'I'm done with NFD football' - Tlhone


Forgotten defender Bokang Tlhone admits the only thing he wants to do next season is go back to playing Absa Premiership football as that is where he belongs.

The 29-year-old is currently with GladAfrica Championship outfit Royal Eagles and last tasted top-flight football about 14 months ago while still on the books of Maritzburg United.

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Eagles have had numerous problems this season and are accused of not paying their players' full salaries since even before the PSL suspension and nationwide lockdown.

"I want to get back where I belong my brother, eish, eish," Tlhone tells KickOff.com.

"I miss playing with the big boys and playing in the big league my brother. You know after Maritzburg, things didn't go well in terms of me finding another team.

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"I went to Black Leopards [for a trial] but things didn't go well there because the coach was not around as well the time I was there [training].

"When he came back there were problems as well when I had to sign. So after Leopards things didn't go back to normal, they became worse for me.

"I then got a call from my agent that there's an opportunity for me to get myself back, which was at Royal Eagles, the one that was coached by coach Simo [Dladla].

"Now I am also growing older you know, the age is not on my side as well, so I need to start playing regularly and get myself back to the top league with the big boys.

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"So I wish after this lockdown I get another opportunity with any team in the big league. Now I have learnt how tough it is when you don't have a job."

The ex-Free State Stars and Bidvest Wits player also revealed what really went wrong at the Team of Choice.

"In football sometimes coaches come and go. You will get people who will say 'hey this guy is not disciplined'. When coach Muhsin [Ertugral] was still there I got my confidence back," he explains.

"He is someone that has worked with players that are down, known to be drinking... the likes of Jabu Pule, there are lot people that he helped to revive their careers.

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"When coach [Eric] Tinkler came, he also had his own philosophy you know. So I wouldn't say it was more about ill-discipline from my side. I left Maritzburg still playing you know.

"I think my last match I was on suspension. When I got back after my suspension coach Muhsin resigned. For me maybe he [Tinkler] made up his mind about me before even coming to the team."