Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kermit Erasmus has conceded that the 2020/21 season did not meet the lofty standards he set for himself.
Erasmus joined Sundowns last season from Cape Town City but failed to live up to expectations, largely due to injuries.
Despite failing to reach his personal target of 30 goals he set upon his arrival in Chloorkop, the Bafana Bafana striker scored some crucial goals to help the Brazilians clinch their fourth successive league trophy.
The 30-year-old is now hoping to bounce back strongly next season and justify his big move to The Brazilians.
"In the first few games of the season, things were good, I just didn't get to the 30 goals. If people consider me as a failure, so be it. I am not shamed to say that I failed," Erasmus told the media.
"You have to be honest, you have to look how the season went and if I played all the games or not. Yes, people can be critical about it, I am critical myself about it, so there is no need for people's criticism.
"So, I need to focus and work towards the next season. There is always opportunity to try and do it again. That's the beauty of life and football."
Furthermore, the former Orlando Pirates forward has acknowledged the efforts of rival and Bafana teammate Bradley Grobler, who bagged the golden boot with 16 goals last season.
"I think you can't deny quality, if somebody has quality to produce the goods, the only thing that can stop you is injury. Congratulations to Brad [Grobler]," he added.
"That shows with consistency, playing regularly and being injury-free, what a difference it can make as an individual, and hopefully that could be something I can focus on in the new season when I come back [for pre-season]."
Sundowns are set to re-assemble on July 5 to prepare to defend their domestic championship crown for a fifth season in a row.
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