Former Kaizer Chiefs star Junior Khanye opens up on his alcohol
abuse which had a major effect on his life and football career.
However, the midfielder now plays for Ngwaabe City Motors in
the lower divisions and has got his life back on track.
The 34-year-old is now a football analyst on Diski TV while he also
has his own foundation, the Junior Khanye Foundation, where he hopes to
encourage youngsters to make the right choices in life.
"I learnt the hard way. Alcohol disturbed my
career," Khanye said as quoted by KickOff.
"My career was stop-and-go. Sometimes I would stay at
home for one or two seasons without a team. I stayed at home for many years
without a team.
"My last professional contract was in Swaziland in 2014
up until I got a contract with Ngwaabe (last year September), and I am very
grateful to the owner of the club.
"I wish the current players can learn lessons from the
past mistakes we did. Football has no CV. Once you mess up, it hurts your
reputation. Your references determine what happens in future.
Khanye added: "Players should also guide themselves
about women. They will treat you like Lotto. Once you are down and out, they
move on. They will never even mention your name in their journey going forward.
"I am lucky that after those bad experiences, God has
given me a second chance. I am still playing football. I am also working as the
face of Diski TV, and I am also running my own foundation."
- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien