Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola has admitted he messed up his chance at Kaizer Chiefs as a youngster.
Makola had amateur spells at the likes of Alex Sheffield, Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits, Vaal University of Technology and Africa Youth Academy, and subsequently joined Free State Stars in 2008.
The 29-year-old enjoyed four seasons with Ea Lla Koto before securing a move to the Buccaneers in 2012. Last season, Makola was Bucs' leading assist provider with seven, and in this campaign he has added goalscoring to his game, netting four strikes to date.
The midfielder is aware things could have turned out very differently though, indicating that he missed out on the chance to establish himself at the other Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs.
"I messed up at Chiefs. I played in the U13s, U15s and U17s. I played with Itumeleng Khune, Touch Mabaso and a lot of those guys," Makola told Soccer Laduma.
"When I was in the U17s, I started going off the rails and I didn’t respect my football. I started doing the wrong things and I actually left Chiefs because, at that time, I wasn't playing regularly because of my misbehaviour off the field.
"I won't blame anyone. I could have made it to the first team if I had been disciplined enough."
Do you wish things had turned out differently for Makola and that he was still a Chiefs player?