Brett Evans is in the building and today he discusses Jerry Sikhosana's nasty style of play, his choice to retire, and his fondest memories as a footballer.
· Which PSL striker gave you a hard time? – Sabza 92
BE – Probably Jerry Sikhosana. He reminded me of Suarez, that kind of bull dog, real fighting spirit. Unbeleivable talent; quick, strong, he had everything. He would always do the unpredictable. He also had that nasty side to his play. I was a youngster trying to make my mark and he would always give me a tough time.
· Why did you retire so early? – Areo_Machine
BE – I wish I was still playing, I love to play. Things didn’t work out with renewing a contract with Ajax, but we left on good terms. I looked elsewhere but I had to make a decision for my wife and I. I had also started getting into coaching and that definitely excited me, I struggled with my body. Physically I hadn’t been able to be at the level I wanted to. It’s tough, mentally being on the sidelines and watching your team, especially when you're captain. I think I needed a change, something new. I have lived in Cape Town most of my life, and it’s a beautiful place, but it’s a big world and I needed a change. I try get out as much as possible. I’ve been tempted a few times to go train with Ajax but it makes me more sad than happy.
· Why do you think you were never a regular in Bafana Bafana? – Mxoh-2008
BE - I had 10 caps and I was called up many more times. I played more of a backup role on the bench a lot. Obviously I would have loved for more but I think it was fairly fair with the ability I had. I had no hard feelings. With what I know now I could have done a lot better, but that’s how you learn. Also Bradley Carnell and Tsepo Masilela are unbelievably talented footballers and I was very proud to be part of the team, especially leading up to the World Cup.
· What were your fondest memories as a footballer? – Nikolaos Kirkinis
BE – For me, a lot of fond memories come from the African Champions League trip up into Africa. You travelling on a bus for 24 hours with security guards with AK47’s sitting at the front and the back. Police escorts. Eating boiled eggs where you have no idea when they were boiled. The conditions were crazy, sleeping on the floor because there no mattresses. You might be frustrated in the moment, but they good stories and they bring the team together and something you will always remember. For me, it’s those moments after a tough game, when everyone is in the pool at the hotel, swimming and playing like kids. Those are the things I will always remember, not necessarily the on-the-field things. Also off the field stuff.
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