Clements Learns From Legends
The role of a defensive midfielder is not only to sit in front of the defenders but to also provide cover for the midfielders ahead of him, a position which UJ's Karl Clements has relished.
The 21-year-old was part of the Castle Superstars in that year an spent time honing his skills under the guidance and mentorship of Bafana Bafana legends, Phil Masinga and Neil Tovey.
"It was a great experience to learn from two of the best players to have played for Bafana. They taught me the principles of the game and also motivated me to be a more positive player," he added.
Clements admits to have been a conservative player who settled on sticking to the basics but being part of the Superstars setup has helped him mature as a player and broadened his thinking.
"I used to be a conservative player. But when I was mentored by Phil and Neil, they showed me I had the ability to go forward and be the person to set an attacking platform for the team," he stated.
UJ's enforcer is enjoying his role under the guidance of former Bafana Bafana player Bradley Carnell and feels that he is being allowed to play his own game without having to adapt to a different style.
"The coaches have allowed me to play my normal game. I enjoy being the player who cleans up behind the midfield," he said.
Clements spent time in the junior ranks of PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns before making the move to Joburg and linking up with the students in 2013 when Carnell was appointed as head coach.
He also spoke openly about the impact Carnell has had on him, not only as a footballer but also as a person.
"Bradley has changed everything about me. He has changed the way I think, the way I play and the way I approach life. I've became a completely different person since working with him. He has been instrumental in my life," he said.
The student has admitted that his main goal is to play the beautiful game at the highest level but also understands that everything happens at its own pace and it also differs between different players.
"Everything happens at its own time. Some players get their chance earlier than others, that's just how it is. So for now, I'm concentrating on my own game and being patient about getting the opportunity to progress in this game," he stated.