Having worked with Khaya Shozi, Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has given insight into the character of the player.
Shozi has recently been in the media for going missing, which led to calls from friends and family on various social media platforms for the public to help in finding the player. The player has since been found, with no word yet on what's going to happen to his career.
Earlier this season, Shozi was loaned out to GladAfrica Championship outfit JDR Stars from TS Galaxy and his career now hangs in the balance,
Mokwena worked with Shozi in the Sundowns youth ranks, before the player left the club to try to establish himself elsewhere when it became clear that his chances of playing for the first team at Chloorkop were slim.
"I had a good relationship with Khaya. A difficult character to coach, a difficult character to manage. But like a lot of very talented...highly talented people are not the easiest to manage and coach. It's the normal story of manging talented people. But there were not really any problems (with him)," Mokwena told the Siya crew.
"The one thing is that I am very surprised to see what's happening because I always thought he was a strong boy, mentally strong and extremely resillient and very hard working. But it's a sad story at the moment because in the past we would never had said he would experience something like this, looking at his character."
Mokwena feels that mental health issues should be addressed so that footballers are in the right frame of mind to handle on that comes with being at that level.
"It becomes so important now in football. Society has changed so much that people have opinions on the performance of others particiularly those in the public space."