Death of sister has affected Madisha

Telkom Knockout

His eldest sister, the first born child of five, passed on in September and he admits the loss has played a role in his displays in recent weeks.

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Sundowns have struggled in defence this season, conceding seven goals in their first six matches.

“The first born at home passed away. It has been a challenge. After the funeral [in September], we had a game. I went to the funeral and I had to come back on Sunday. That’s where I struggled, but the coaches understood where I am coming from and that I am not right. They spoke to me here and there and they have given me support,” Madisha tells

At times when he is on the pitch, Madisha thinks about his sister. 

“I could just stand on the pitch and just switch off and think about her. The coach would shout at me, but they did not know it’s something that made me think too much. After the game [against Free State Stars in September] I spoke to the players and they said they understood.

“It’s not easy to forget people who played a big role. Even now it’s hard for me to accept that she is gone, but what can I do? I have to move [on] with life.

“We were close, but we used to fight because she wanted me to do the right thing. She was on my case. You know how we [young boys] are. When someone gives you the right instructions, you say this person wants a lot from me.”

The 22-year-old defender has done well in the heart of Sundowns' rearguard since he started playing regularly last season, and he believes it's only a matter of time before he and the rest of the team rediscovers their best form.

Sundowns will be involved in Telkom Knockout action this weekend, when they visit Chippa United in the last 16 on Sunday.

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