Chiefs snub explained by European trialist


Jardel Rodrigues Afonso Nazare has shed light on why he failed to land a permanent deal at Naturena after a week assessment with the Soweto giants.

The Portugal-born Sao Tome and Principe international looked set to land a deal only to head home empty-handed.

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"The whole experience was okay, but I was just not fit enough because when I left Georgia I had an injury, so I hadn't played for a long time," Nazare tells

"After that, I went to the national team and played against Sudan and Ghana without having been training. Then just over a month later I went to Kaizer Chiefs while not in my best condition.,

"But I felt I did the best of what I felt I could do at that moment in time. I could have done better, that is for sure. I enjoyed the whole experience at the club because the set-up just shows that this is a big club.

"In the end my fitness put me at a disadvantage. That is for sure. In football if you don't play even for a month, you feel the difference and, in my case, I had not been training with a team for four months and I arrived there when everyone was super fit towards the end of the season.

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"You can try your best knowing you can do better but then fitness works like that. Training and playing matches are also different as well that is why there is match fitness which comes with playing games."

The 26-year-old remains based in Lisbon almost a year since leaving FC Saburtalo of Georgia.

"I’m thinking of continuing with my career here in Portugal because I have been trying out a lot of things and they have not been working out, but I am willing to come back to South Africa again depending on the team.

"I will wait for the next transfer window because I know offers will come. If anything comes from South Africa then I will be willing to go just like if anything better comes here in Portugal I will stay," Nazare added.

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