Cape Town - Cape Town City striker Kermit Erasmus has
explained his return to South African football, insisting that his lack of game
time in Portugal was not due to a lack of effort.
The 28-year-old departed Orlando Pirates for French
top-flight side Rennes in 2016 but failed to break into the starting line-up at
Roazhon Park. He subsequently joined Lens on loan in 2017, where he made 12
appearances and scored one goal.
And, after being released by Rennes, Erasmus experienced
unsuccessful stints at second-tier Swedish side AFC Eskilstuna and Vitoria de
Setubal in Portugal's top flight.
In the end, the forward opted to return home where the
promise of regular first-team minutes was too good to turn down.
"You know everything happens for a reason and mine was
not getting enough game time," Erasmus explained.
"It wasn't based on anything else other than game time,
you know. I've worked as hard as I could in Europe and served my time, but it
was all down to the coach and things just didn't work out for me in that
"If it was the other way around I would've still been
in Europe. I also got to look at my age and what I want for myself."
While he did make a good living while playing in Europe,
Erasmus was quick to point out that money cannot buy happiness.
He added: "No amount of money can make you happy if
you're not playing on the field.
"For me that is the most important thing as a
footballer. So, for me my advice to youngsters would be that go and try and
play. If you don't play, then you fade away and that is the reality of