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Mpumalanga Black Aces midfield enforcer Mpho Matsi says it was a difficult but
necessary step for him to leave his comfort zone at the University of Pretoria
where he had been his entire career.
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Last week Matsi signed a two-year deal with Aces after
spending nine years at the university club.
After playing his youth football at Arcadia Shepherds, Matsi
was roped-in at AmaTuks - where he quickly made his mark on the firs team.
Having played alongside household names including: Lerato
Chabangu, Andile Jali, Bongani Zungu, Aubrey Ngoma and George Maluleka at
AmaTuks - the 25-year-old felt it was time to leave home.
Despite his age, Matsi was among the leaders and more
experienced figures in the AmaTuks line-up.
He hopes his move to Aces under the mentorship of new coach
Muhshin Ertugral will grow his game and enhance his development.
"It was a tough decision that I took to leave Tuks
after so many years playing for the same team," Matsi told Football411.
"I grew as a player while I was there and had learned
all that I know there about football. But I felt the need to seek a new
adventure and test myself under a different environment.
"I look forward to the challenge of starting afresh and
playing alongside new players and a team with a different culture.
"It was time to move on and I think the club understood
that. They wanted me to stay but I think the time was right for me to make a