Lepasa Opens Up On Shock Retirement Claims
Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa has opened up about how claims he would retire shocked him and really made him upset.
The 24-year-old suffered an injury in December last year and had a setback earlier in 2021, leaving him still sidelined to this day even though he has progressed in his recovery work.
During his spell on the sidelines there were rumours that he actually had to hang up his boots due to the seriousness of his injury and Lepasa now explained how this situation really shocked and angered him.
“I didn’t care about it. It only got me when one of the commentators said that I was retiring,” he told Andile Ngcube on Radio2000.
“I was really, really upset over that because if that goes around and comes to the people that endorse me and all that, it might actually be a problem because now I’m getting calls from I’d say ‘important people’.
“If it’s there on tv and you haven’t said anything about it, it might seem like you are lying. If you have a two-year contract with PUMA and they give you a certain amount of money and you get a bad injury prior the end-date of contract, it’s easy for one to think that you might lie (when you say) ‘I’m fine, I’m still training’.
“Whereas if you are injured and you can’t train, they will have to terminate. So when that happened it triggered a lot of things, even for my family now started getting involved.
“Because we were watching the game, we were watching Pirates against Sundowns and when all that happened, we watched the game as a family and everyone heard that and everyone gets upset.
“So then I had to go and tweet about it, because I didn’t want to pay it any mind, so I had to go tweet about it. So it was disappointing hearing that on tv.”
However, despite his obvious shock, Lepasa also insisted he didn’t want to have a go at the tv commentator who made the mistake of going with the fake news on television.
“I think the worst thing that was is that it happened on tv because if it was on Facebook, that page has written so many things about a lot of people,” he added.
“Even now, there is a player now that they said something about. I don’t know who handles that, but I’d just say it’s ‘devil’s work’.
“But for it to be said on tv, it got to me and I had to get a bit of advise on how to handle and I got advise and I handled it. Luckily the same person who said that also called me and apologised.
“That’s why I never mentioned any names because at the end of the day we are all humans and we’re all trying to make a living and what you don’t want is for someone else to be in trouble with their job because of you, no matter what they did, But they’re breadwinners and the family is looking up to them.
“So I tried my best to say I heard it on tv and not who said that.”
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