On the up and raring to prove critics wrong ...

2011-04-09 18:29

The mobile and reliable Joseph Makhanya of the past is fast showing his brilliance and is playing like someone who is enjoying his game again.

He has joined struggling Mpumalanga Black Aces on loan from Orlando ­Pirates in January.

The midfielder, whose contract with Pirates expires in two months time, says already several Absa Premiership clubs have shown ­interest in his services.

The diminutive man, popularly known as “Dukuduku”, says: “My ­contract expires in June and I could be a free agent as there is nothing on the table for me at the moment.

His dilemma, he says, stems from the fact that he hasn’t kicked a ball in an official match since May. This was when he left Pirates for tail-
enders Aces about three months ago.

The father of a five-year-old son adds that he would ponder his next move with caution, particularly at the point when he was trying to revive a career that spans more than a decade.

“I’ve regained my confidence since I started playing regularly after being on the sidelines for almost two seasons. On the other hand, I must make a decision on my future,” he says.

“Seeing little or no action is not good for any player’s career and I should consider that before I commit myself.”

The 29-year-old former SA junior international has played in 11 matches in all competitions – under ousted coach Paul Dolezar and current mentor Mark Harrison – since he debuted for AmaZayoni on February 2.

His experience has also helped Aces proceed to the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.

While reflecting on his career, Makhanya believes that he has “partly achieved” since making the Premiership debut as a 19-year-old in 2000.

“I have accomplished, though partially, and I believe I could have achieved more had I played regularly.”

Makhanya, who was part of the Pirates team that won two Premiership titles between 2001 and 2003, as well as the BP Top8 in 2000, has made a measly 24 appearances in the last three seasons, with no league action last season. 

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