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Mabhuti Khenyeza, who on the verge of making his debut for Mamelodi Sundowns, has denied that his off-field behaviour had scuppered his move overseas.
Khenyeza recently failed to secure a contract with top Dutch side FC Twente, which has signed Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker in an R11million deal.
The former Lamontville Golden Arrows and Chiefs striker has been dogged by controversy, but yesterday the hugely talented attacker said the overwhelming support he has received at Chloorkop has been awesome.
Not one to mince his words, Khenyeza declined to dwell on his past goal-scoring prowess, preferring instead to confront his debut - which will happen tomorrow against Platinum Stars in the Telkom Cup - that is, if coach Hristo Stoichkov chooses to field him.
The Brazilians take on the Tycoons in the first semifinal at 10am.
"Everyone wants to be part of it," Khenyeza said.
"There is no point talking too much about the match before kickoff, it's all about what happens inside the 90 minutes. I'm not worried about getting booed - as a player you always have to be prepared to be insulted."
"The people close to me know what kind of person I am - it's all about mutual respect. I do not court controversy, but we all need to accommodate each other and I am sure you have never heard any stories about me before - no missing training, no bad lifestyle choices."
Another new signing, Lebohang Mokoena, will probably star in a duel against Jabu Mahlangu of Stars.
Mokoena, offloaded this week from Orlando Pirates, said he was settling in well at Downs, and said that the Bucs faithful were happy for him, especially after a lengthy period on the sidelines at his former team.
He said none other than Pirates owner Irvin Khoza orchestrated his move to Sundowns.
"The chairperson needs me to play, and he negotiated this transfer with Sundowns for my benefit. I know that loyal Pirates fans will understand," Mokoena said.
"It is up to me to make the most of my second chance."
As for Stars, they have been rather mysterious about their new signings, insisting on waiting until the last minute to reveal the new players' identities.