After his dreams of a 2020 Olympic Games appearance were dashed, one Kaizer Chiefs star has admitted that he now sees that it’s ‘better to be safe than sorry’.
Happy Mashiane, who burst onto the scene with the Glamour Boys last season, was on the preliminary list of players for David Notoane’s Tokyo 2020 side later this year, but now – with the games being postponed until 2021 – will have to wait to see whether he can add an Olympic appearance to his list of achievements.
The 22-year-old will still be eligible for Notoane’s team this time next year when the Coronavirus has hopefully died down and the Olympics can go ahead, but it doesn’t mean that the Amakhosi youngster is not disappointed.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Mashiane said, “COVID-19 is a serious concern to the world… I wish that the solution that will stop the spread of the disease could be found as quickly as possible because this can cause much damage to all of us. I was looking forward to the 2020 Olympics, but now what matters is getting over the pandemic.
“Hearing such news (of postponement) at first was sad, however after clearly getting detailed information about the global disaster really changed my perspective. I realised it is better to be safe than sorry. We’d rather all be safe from illness so that we can be fit to play in the future.”
Mashiane will be hoping to get some more games under his belt between now and then, with the club’s transfer ban meaning that he’s likely to get more minutes for the Glamour Boys in 2020/21.