How Sangweni lost out on TKO medal


Thamsanqa Sangweni has opened up about why he remains clubless and is still confused about why Maritzburg United released him last year.

The 30-year-old was released in the week ahead of the 2019 Telkom Knockout final in December, meaning he did not even receive a silver medal after the Team of Choice lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns.

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The former AmaZulu, Chippa United, Orlando Pirates and Sundowns midfielder has been sitting idle and jobless in his hometown of Dondotha since December.

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Sangweni is currently training on his own and looking for a new team after resolving all his personal issues.

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"It's not easy but as a man you need to hustle you know, even though it's difficult, I'm trying," he tells

"For now no team has approached me. You know sometimes there are challenges in life that end up affecting your job, but now I've grown and I know what it is that I need to do, and what it is that I'm not supposed to do.

"But it's something that I have sorted out now. It's something that needed me to be closer to home you see."

Sangweni says those issues are not what made him lose his job at Maritzburg though. The club stated when they released him from his one-year deal that it was because he didn't play enough matches.

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"To be honest I cannot tell you [why I was let go] because I was always in the gym and on time. I was always present in all the club's games, but on the bench," he says.

"So they didn't give me any particular reason. When I was called to the office I didn't even ask too many questions because I knew I had done nothing wrong. They just told me the coach says I was no longer in his plans and what-what.

"Because the written contract says I was supposed to play this number of games, which I couldn't. I was confused on what was happening.

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"We were about to play a final with Sundowns, it's that very same week. I never received a medal... but still I would still be hurt even if I was released after the final because I had no idea what was happening.

"What I can say is, I'm now prepared to play again. The time I spent not playing has also helped a lot. I've been watching my old matches, trying to see where I can improve my game.

"I won't choose teams but I will be happy to be where I will feel appreciated."