Absa Premiership

OJ urged to embrace chance

2015-04-09 16:25
Mbulelo ’Old John’ Mabizela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe has urged Mbulelo Mabizela not to waste the second chance he's been given by AmaZulu.

Read: Tefu expects fiery encounter

Mabizela has long been considered one of the most naturally talented footballers this country has produced in recent times, but poor discipline and decision-making off the field has blighted his career.

Nowhere was this more evident than his stint at English Premier League club Tottenham, who signed him from Orlando Pirates with high hopes for his future.

However, he left Spurs after two years, having featured in just seven competitive games.

Since his return to South Africa Mabizela has shown glimpses of his talent in spells with Mamelodi Sundowns, Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits and Chippa United before joining Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2013, where his poor attitude again led to his demise.

The former Bafana skipper was booted out the door at Aces after falling out with the technical staff.

OJ was subsequently picked up by Usuthu on a six-month loan deal in January to help the club's bid to avoid relegation, in what could become one of the signings of the season.

Already the defender has become a vital cog in AmaZulu's survival bid, leading the defensive line and contributing four goals in just seven games.

Radebe has urged Mabizela to focus on the football and make the most of the chance he has been given.

"I rated him the best in the country and at the moment he is not bad. The thing is, it is disciplinary aspect in his game which is the big problem as a letdown around him," Radebe told KickOff.

"He is very talented and he's got skill and is a great defender. He is actually supposed to be the captain of the national team as I'm speaking at the moment.

"He has a second chance, he has been given a lifeline and the only thing he can do now is to make an impact here at home with the best football he can while he is still here."

Meanwhile, Mabizela's side is set to face Kaizer Chiefs in a Absa Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Sport24 will have the LIVE updates and interactive commentary from Absa Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

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