Register Login Scores


If Chippa Can Do It, So Can All Stars

In this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, Cape Town All Star’s striker, Houston Hills, opens up to Soccer Laduma’s Peter Raath about overcoming personal problems.
He also discusses Boebie Solomons, Kaizer Chiefs and promotion - with the NFD Focus brought to you by BUCO.
Upon his exit from Mpumalanga Black Aces, Hills endured a torrid time at Milano United on the sidelines. He said, “For my whole six months at Milano I was down… off. It was the worst time in my career.
"Having to leave Mpumalanga Black Aces after helping to promote them was a bit hard. I felt it was unfair. When I went to Milano, I was a little bruised and concentrated on the negative things instead of being positive. 
“They didn’t have anybody to help me. Even the PSL clubs don’t have people such as psychologists, who can see when something is wrong with you.”
Despite this ordeal, Hills found a light at the end of the tunnel when he moved to All Stars, finding the back of the net four times in five outings.
“When you’re happy you play well. In-between leaving Milano and joining All Stars, I was at home trying to get my mind right. I just decided to change my lifestyle and also to become a better player. In football you have to be strong and live with whatever happens. 
“During my three months at All Stars, I’ve learnt lots from our coach, Boebie Solomons, who has played a big role in me finding my form again. He’s a good motivator… a father-figure… and has been in the game a long time. He knows when a player is down… not right, " Hills observed. 
“That’s what has helped me and the other players. It’s not just about training, but preparing yourself mentally, “ he further added.
Hills went on regarding promotion to the PSL side, believing that they too can achieve the same feat as their former Cape rivals, Chippa United.  
“If Chippa United can do it, so can All Stars. You have to win at home. That’s vital. Our main ambition is to qualify for the play-offs, but if we can win the league it’ll be a bonus. But we’re not going to put pressure on ourselves.” 
In conclusion, Hills talked about their friendly match against Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs in the “off-season”.
“I learnt so much in that game, despite having previously played against Chiefs when I was at Bidvest Wits. It was also a good experience for the youngsters. 
“For us, it wasn’t about the result. It was more to see where we were as an NFD side. I found Chiefs so quick, the way they played one-twos. They knew which runs to make and how to press us into a corner, “ he concluded. 
To read Hill's full interview, check out edition 910 of Soccer Laduma on shelves now, page 18, with the NFD Focus brought to you by BUCO.

Pirates Inspired By Motivational Speaker

Hartley: I Should Never Have Signed For Pirates

Sundowns' Mushekwi Being Assessed In Sweden


Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

256 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

44 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

30 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Exclusive: Zungu Update, Agent Comments On Chiefs Link

83 Jul 28, 2021 03:09 PM in Players Abroad

CBL: Two Surprise Inclusions For Chiefs

123 Jul 29, 2021 01:01 PM in Soweto Derby

Amakhosi New Boy Enters Naturena Drip Fold

26 Jul 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Pitso Targeting Chiefs Starlet?

81 Jul 29, 2021 11:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates