Despite recently signing a two-year contract extension until March 2016 with Kaizer Chiefs, Siyabonga Nkosi wasn't satisfied with his contribution to the team in the 2013/14 campaign.
The 32-year-old made just six league starts in the entire campaign as a succession of niggling injuries appeared to take their toll. The Newcastle-born star did chip in with three goals, however largely it appeared he was used as a squad player who made his most impact off the bench.
Interestingly, the 25-cap former Bafana Bafana international also played a more limited role for Chiefs in 2012/13 as well. He made 10 starts in that campaign although he did contribute to the club's league and cup double that year.
With that said, the Glamour Boys management seem to have plenty of confidence in the attacking midfielder's value to the club. The award of a new two-year deal is certainly an indication of how much faith they have in his abilities.
Nonetheless, despite signing on the dotted line until at least his 34th birthday with the Amakhosi, Nkosi believes he really has to step up in the 2014/15 season.
He told the club's official website, “I can sum up the season as the kind of season that makes one to look forward to the next season. I am busy analysing the information from my performances and working out a plan to do better next season. My season was interrupted by the injuries despite making some contribution to the team when I was called up to play."
"I am not happy with my contribution during the past season. I have my back against the wall now. I will not rest during this off-season period. I cannot rest, I have to work hard to prepare for a better upcoming season.”
The Siya crew understands that Chiefs are expected to report back for pre-season on June 20, as the side looks to get ready for what will undoubtedly be an exciting and challenging campaign.