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Yeye On Reformed Matombo: The Days Of Being A Player With Potential Have Passed

Reneilwe Letsholonyane Is Glad To See Ex-Kaizer Chief Youngster, Chris Matombo, Getting Back On Track

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 20, 2018 03:37 PM
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. 


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thabisoharmans Joined: 21 Jul 2018
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thabisoharmans Jul 22, 2018 03:36 PM
I Am Happy For You Matombo,i Wanted To See More From You When You Were At Chiefs.I Hope You Have Learned From Your Mistakes.And I Also Hope To Se A Good Football With The Talent That You Have.
bonganim354 Joined: 22 Jul 2018
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bonganim354 Jul 22, 2018 02:35 PM
I'm an admirer of players like Mantombo who are a rare breed in our soccer. The fact that he is back in the PSL fold I'm happy for him. I hope he stays focused & produces quality football. With his skill he will definitely go places.
VHA-RATHI.LOVE.CO.ZA Joined: 20 Jul 2018
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VHA-RATHI.LOVE.CO.ZA Jul 20, 2018 06:04 PM
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 20, 2018 04:01 PM
Most these "professional" players are actually professional drinkers, after big game I.e a Soweto derby that's were you'll know them very well
Mentashe Joined: 21 Dec 2015
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Mentashe Jul 20, 2018 03:54 PM
S there's still players who has not yet learned from the likes of Naughty Mokoena, Mbutho, Pule,Malatjie, Kahanye Mabizela i can mentioned about 11 players who alcohol and high life stole their careers and you still have Mathombos who would like to experience that on themselves. He is very smart, Chiefs did themselves a favor by releasing him.
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Alcohol is dangerous he must quit drinking if he is to excel
Bugs for life Joined: 26 May 2018
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Bugs for life Jul 20, 2018 03:50 PM
This Cow is ill discipline no wonder why he doesn't last long in one team,he needs to change his behavior and start taking his football career serious or else no team will ever want to sign him again Masubusane Zongo n Junior Khanye can attest to that...

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