Cape Town - Having made headlines for all
the wrong reasons during his spell at Kaizer Chiefs, Black Leopards midfielder
Chris Matombo is hoping for a chance to repay Amakhosi.
Matombo was released from his contract at
Naturena in 2016 following a disastrous loan spell at Chippa United. Two years
later, the 24-year-old is set to return to South African football, having
joined Lidoda Duvha following a stint in Malta.
According to Soccer Laduma, the midfielder
admitted that his lifestyle off the field cost him dearly during his previous
spell in the Premiership.
Explaining why Chippa released him from his
loan, Matombo said: "Look, I was still young and made a lot of bad
mistakes. At the time, money used to go into my head. I used to get mad when I
"I remember my first game was against
Chiefs and I did well - and then after that game, I went straight to Cubana,
where I had a lot to drink. So much so that I couldn't wake up to go to
training the next day.
"Guys phoned me... Mark Mayambela and
Edward Manqele phoned me, telling me that it was time to go to the training,
but like I said, I couldn't wake up because I partied a lot and was still
partying. I learned from that experience. So Chippa released me after
Matombo revealed that he knew his time at
Chiefs was up afterwards, as he realised the Soweto giants would no doubt have
taken note of his behaviour at Chippa.
He now claims to be a changed man,
crediting his new persona to the sense of purpose instilled in him from the
responsibility of fatherhood. Even so, he feels he owes something to Amakhosi.
"Bobby Motaung used to love me a lot
and coach Ace Khuse also used to believe in me. I let a lot of people down
there," Matombo said.
"If it would happen that I get another
chance, I would really repay them for the faith they had in me."