Mauricio Affonso is delighted to be back for Mamelodi Sundowns, after spending more than a year on the sidelines.
The Uruguayan striker has been on the bench for Sundowns in their past three games, and while he was an unused substitute against Polokwane City in the Nedbank Cup, he made his return in a cameo appearance against Stellenbosch in the DStv Premiership on the weekend. He also got some game time in the CAF Champions League win over TP Mazembe this week.
The 29-year-old says it was a very difficult year, but he is delighted to be back on the field.
“The truth is I am very happy, I was very eager to return and be able to help the team by contributing my part,” Affonso told the club’s website.
“I felt great satisfaction to be able to play again after a year and I felt good again. When the referee ended the game I felt great emotions and satisfaction.”
“The year was difficult and very long for me, I have never had to live this situation of having to recover from such a long and annoying injury.”
“It was clear in my head that I had to play again because soccer is my passion and that was my goal. It was not easy at all, I was fighting with this setback day by day, sometimes I was feeling better and sometimes I did not.”
“I also had the help of a sports psychologist which helped a lot. Today I can say that I achieved it and I am back on a soccer field.”
“I hope I can contribute my part, I know that it will take me a while to get back to my best level but I will continue working daily to be better so I can be able to help the team achieve the objectives of the season”