Cape Town - Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela is
delighted to be back in the first-team spotlight after making his long-awaited return
Memela, 31, has hit the ground running after regaining full
fitness, playing a starring role in Pirates' 4-1 victory over AmaZulu at the
And, having undergone a lengthy rehabilitation process,
Memela admits it is a major relief to be playing again.
"It is great to be back on the playing field," he told
the club’s official website. "It's been a long time since I last played.
"Coming back to the starting line-up and scoring is
what dreams are all about.
"Any player will attest to this, but there is nothing
nice about injury and the process of returning from that situation.
"It's not only the physical demand of rehabilitation
that gets to you but also the mental part.
"You train alone while your teammates train on the
field and secondly, because we are not robots, the rehabilitation process isn't
straightforward - you sometimes suffer setbacks which delay your return.
"All this puts a lot of pressure on a player."
Memela will be hoping to be involved again this coming
Saturday, when Pirates take on Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in