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Alexander Opens Up On Chiefs Regret

Polokwane City midfielder Cole Alexander says not asking the coaches why he didn’t play more is his main regret from his time at Kaizer Chiefs.

Alexander parted ways with Chiefs on mutual grounds last year June due to lack of game-time and injuries after he’s joined them from Odisha in India.

The 34-year-old played 21 matches for Amakhosi in that time before going on to join Helsingborgs in Sweden.

Alexander spoke to iDiski Times writer Lethabo Kganyago recently and explained that he doesn’t regret much from his stay at Naturena except for not speaking up and asking the coaches what more he could have done to play.

“It’s not like I had so many injuries, like you say. I only had about one or two bad ones. The dislocated elbow was the longest one and I think maybe a torn hamstring a few weeks,” Cole told iDiski Times.

“I didn’t have a lot of injuries there. There was also times when I was fit and ready to play but I wasn’t chosen and that’s okay, that’s football. But again, I’ve learned so much there and there are things I wish that I could have done better.

“There are things I regretted. Maybe I could have asked him what I could have done to get into the team, what more I could have done, what I could have improved on to play. So those are the things or the questions I didn’t ask but at the end of the day the coach chooses the team and as players we need to respect that.

“And that’s football, you know, but as a player I think maybe that’s the thing I regret, not engaging with the coach to say, ‘what can I do, what can I do to play, what more can I do’ and I didn’t do that.

“I just accepted it and I feel that’s where I let myself down, that’s where I could have done a bit more.”

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.