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Erasmus Opens Up On Upsetting Rival Fans

Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus says he knows that he is not everybody’s cup of tea, especially for supporters from rival sides but he is okay with that.

The 33-year-old is one of the most outspoken players in the Premier Soccer League, something that extends to even his at times perceived controversial comments on social media and even how he celebrates his goals.

The Gqeberha-born forward spoke to iDiski Times Editor Rob Delport in edition 116 about the rivalries where he explained that nothing he does should be taken personally as it’s all part of the game. He adds that he gets a little kick and motivation from rattling opposing fans.

“I mean it’s part of this game. I know a lot of our rival’s fans fear me, and that’s where the hate comes from, because they feel what I can do to their team,” Erasmus told iDiski Times.

“It’s the game of sport, it’s what people admire or hate you for, and it’s just purely sporting reasons, not any personal reason. So I love to cause a little bit of upset to the rivals.

“I’ve had the privilege and I’ve been grateful that I could do that in games, it’s something that I enjoy doing. And I thrive on that, it’s what motivates me, what pushes me and that’s what makes the difference.

“Winning games against important teams and trying to win also the games that are not so important, against the so-called smaller teams. For me, it’s a joy to be back at the beautiful club.

“I mean, I’ve been thinking about this in my free time also, everything just gels well with where I am and the type of person I am, the principles I have, and being at this club, it goes in line with that.

You can read Erasmus’s full interview with Delport in edition 116 of the newspaper, where he also talks about being a positive influence on teammates, who hail from his home town and his maturity in his second stint at Pirates. The edition is available on iDiski Times website.

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.