How aerophobia made PSL star feign injury


In this edition of Throwback Thursday a former Premier Soccer player has revealed how his fear of flights made him feign an injury.

Ex-Black Leopards and Dynamos man Thamsanqa "Gusheshe" Tibe will never forget the day he boarded a flight for the first time in his life, he says even sitting between two ladies could not calm the nerves that day.

"I was still at Black Leopards, and I think it was my first time boarding a flight," The Soweto-born Tibe tells KickOff.

"We were playing Santos in Cape Town and I was round about 20 years of age I think.

"I was so nervous, and that time I'm in the first line - up, I couldn't believe what was happening to me, I kept asking myself, 'Really I'll be flying?'

"It was my first time at OR Tambo International Airport, I kept asking myself, 'Ngikuphi kanti la?'

"The biggest challenge came when it was about to take off, I didn't sit down, I stood on my two feet and put my arms around the seat that was in front of me.

"I did all that with my eyes closed, I was drowning in my own sweat.

"My teammates kept on asking, 'Gusheshe' what's wrong?', I couldn't answer, I was a laughing stock, standing there with my arms around the seat in front of me, but once the flight started cruising I relaxed a bit and sat on my seat again.

"I've never been so scared in my life, I didn't enjoy the Santos match in Cape Town that day, though I managed to play the full 90 minutes, after that match I even considered asking the Leopards management to organise a bus ticket for me.

"The worst part came on the return flight, in the morning, this time I had to sit between two white old ladies, and all my teammates were sitting at the back.

"When the plane took off this time I just put my head on my lap, and the two women kept asking, 'Are you okay?', I couldn't even respond, they offered me food, I said 'No',

"I remember on one occasion we were playing Chippa United away in CapeTown, I was now with Dynamos, Chippa was still playing in the first division, guess what...I faked an injury.

"The last time I boarded a flight was during my time as a professional footballer."

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