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How Masango turned things around

By Marc Strydom | Aug 21, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

IT was a love of football that drove Mandla Masango to continue working hard through the tough times, says Kaizer Chiefs' on-form winger.

Masango went to four goals in five games for Chiefs in Amakhosi's 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.

Winger Masango, playmaker George Maluleka and George Lebese - two other under-performers finding blistering form - have formed a deadly trio that has been integral in Amakhosi going to five league and cup wins in succession.

Yet the former under-23 international winger was on the verge of being loaned out at the start of the season, having played just 16 matches in three seasons.

"There was never a time when I wanted to leave. I just want to play football, that's all. There were offers but I never wanted to go," Masango said yesterday. "Football is my life. Football motivates me. That's what kept me going."

Masango was introduced to Chiefs' first team as an 18-year- old by Muhsin Ertugral in 2007-08. Signed from lower league side Walter Stars, he always had the skill and pace, but woeful finishing plagued his game.

"I think when you come from a lower division to a team like Chiefs, it's more like a dream come true. It's not easy. Not everyone can come from grassroots level to here - you need something special," the player said.

Masango said extra time spent working alone after training has resulted in an improvement in the timing of his runs and his finishing.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes confidence is behind Masango's great run of form.

"He's working hard on his timing and movement," Baxter said. "Making runs between the defenders and coming in.

"If you play straight balls to him where he's got a full-back closing him down, he's not built for that. But more and more he's getting himself free."

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Mshovekahle

Masango was introduced to Chiefs' first team as an 18-year- old by Muhsin Ertugral in 2007-08. Signed from lower league side Walter Stars, he always had the skill and pace, but woeful finishing plagued his game XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thanx walter mokoena for giving us this boy I am worried about the media They keep on putting pressure to this boy

Aug 21, 2014 11:21 | 0 replies

Dankie2

Is waar @Mshove....The media will put unwanted pressure on the boy to keep his standards on par at all times and the biggest stars have a bad day at the office the question is if and when that day come will he be able shake it off and get back into it the very next game !!! Stay clear of this boy and let him play football asb!!! Once and Always until Masango try to terrorise Festival Matlaba when we meet!!

Aug 21, 2014 2:6 | 1 replies

Kebatlawenafela

No Dankie you are wrong...Masango won't terrorise Matlaba, he'll score with ease bcos Matlaba will be pushing forward trying to score some goals...akere you rely on defenders to score goals.

Aug 21, 2014 2:29 | 0 replies

Kebatlawenafela

Avulekile aMasango...tshela thupa Mandla. K4L

Aug 21, 2014 2:27 | 0 replies

sdakwa

I admired this boy from the days when he was part of Shakes Mashaba's team but the media should not put uneccesary pressure on him.

Aug 21, 2014 2:57 | 0 replies