Yeye On Reformed Matombo: The Days Of Being A Player With Potential Have Passed
Chris Matombo was meant to be the player that took over from Tinashe Nengomasha in the heart of Kaizer Chiefs’ midfield, however things didn’t work out. He’s now discussed why his career didn’t hit those heights.
The former Amakhosi starlet, who is now 24, is back in the PSL with Black Leopards after a year overseas in Malta with Qormi FC – a club who he helped achieve promotion into the top flight.
Matombo came through the youth ranks at Chiefs, although was unable to break into the first team at Naturena, things then went from bad to worse as he went on loan to Chippa United only to be dropped after a solid showing against his parent club.
Speaking in issue 1082, the midfielder explained the exact reason why. He said, “I was still young and made a lot of bad mistakes. At the time money used to go into my head. I used to get mad when I had money. I remember my first game was against Chiefs and I did well and then after that game I went straight to Cubana where I had a lot to drink.
“So much so that I couldn’t wake up to go to training the next day. Guys phoned me… Mark Mayambela and Edward Manqele phoned me, telling me that it was time to go to the training, but like I said, I couldn’t wake up because I partied a lot and I was still partying. I learned from that experience.
“Chippa released me after that. They told me that I could go back to Chiefs because I was still contracted to them.”
Now, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, a teammate of Matombo's at Naturena, has had his say on the midfielder, praising his ability to bounce back by saying, "He was one of the youngsters who was promoted and had a lot of potential, but his off the field behavior let him down and was released at Chiefs.
"I was happy for him when I saw that he was playing again for that team in Europe and was doing well for them and himself. I hope that he will do justice to himself and his family, carry on from where he left off last season, focus on being a professional footballer and improving his game.
"The days of being a player with potential have passed, and he must realise his full ability... It is possible because he's talented."
Matombo’s brutally honest interview in full is available in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma.