Maluleke Disappointed & Angry At Being Relegated
Black Leopards midfielder Wiseman Maluleke says he is disappointed and angry that his side got relegated from the DStv Premiership. Lethabo Kganyago reports.
Leopards who spent three years in South Africa’s premiership division got the automatic chop after they lost their penultimate match of last season in Cape Town and ultimately finished bottom of the log with 23 points, having won just five matches in 30.
Maluleleke says he feels like he failed a lot of people.
“I am disappointed simply because Leopards is a team from home and you never want to let people from home down. So I think I failed the chairman I failed the club and I failed Limpopo as a whole so I’m disappointed and I think I’m very angry,” Maluleke told IDiski Times.
Reflecting on the past season the 29 year old says it was a roller coaster as the Limpopo side didn’t even start well where they didn’t collect enough points in the first round and couldn’t come back in the second stanza of the campaign.
Maluleke adds that there were also other factors that contributed to Lidoda Duvha’s fall including the change in coaches and unfortunate loss of life.
“I think the lack of patience in terms of coaches that’s what transpired. When we started we had Aussems (Patrick) who came he only lasted for three games and left. Another one comes even Papic (Kosta), Seema (Lehlohonolo) and all of them so we never had time to adjust in terms of the philosophies of the coaches so I think changes of coaches really contributed a lot. Also the chairman losing his wife I think not being able to attend pre-match meetings not being able to come to games I think it contributed a lot but it is what it is,” added Maluleke.
It the second successive season Maluleke has been part of a club that has been relegated. He joined Leopards at the beginning of the previous term from Polokwane City citing lack of game time, and he says he will stay at Leopards even in the first division because they gave him a chance when he got rejected by his former employers.
“For now as much as I want to try and go to a different environment the chairman has invested enough in me after being rejected by the previous club. I think for now it’s for me to try and be loyal to the chairman and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work out that’s when I will say let me go and try something different because I would have tried but for now I just want to be loyal to him and be grateful for the opportunity he gave me when I was down,” concluded Maluleke.