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Fredericks: It Just Started Between Jabu and Myself

Stanton Fredericks is in the building, and has answered your questions! Today, he discusses his playing days at Kaizer Chiefs, and his relationship with Jabu Mahlangu.

You used to exchange positions during the games at Chiefs together Jabu Mahlangu, and it worked very well! Did the coach instruct you to do so, or did you exchange of your own free will? – Vonganithereturn

Stanton Fredericks: It just started between myself and Jabu, before the coach instructed us to do so. During the game we would just exchange wings and see if it would make any positive differences, and we made sure that it did not affect the team negatively.

Hey Stiga! How did you manage to make it at a big club like Chiefs? – Dave1992

SF: It all depended on hard work! I managed to keep my feet grounded. I mean, playing for a big club like Chiefs, there's a lot of fame that comes along and, at times, off-the-field antics can be overwhelming, but you have to be focused.

As one of the most skilful players of your era, which player do think you was more skilful between Junaid Hartley, Jabu Mahlangu and Steve Lekoelea? – TrevorBaker

SF: Wow! That's a difficult one. They were all outstanding players and very skilful. I can't really point out one, so I would have to say all three of them.

How did you feel seeing Jabu Mahlangu throw away the amazing skills, flair and talent that he had? – mthobisi69

SF: Jabu and I were always very close so it definitely impacted on me at the time. It resulted in me having to take all the pressure of fulfilling his role on the field because we would normally help each other out but then I was left alone. I did encourage him to get back into the game and reminded him of the beautiful game he loved.

Having played under Muhsin Ertugral at Chiefs, what is your take regarding the future of Orlando Pirates' darlings Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Qalinge? Will they enjoy their football or they will be transformed into robots? – BBm66

SF: No, never! I didn't become a robot playing under Muhsin, so I believe that they will enjoy their football. Coach Muhsin understands African football and the flair that the South African football community enjoys. He knows how to make that skill work for the team in accordance with their playing style, and he doesn't stop you from portraying your natural talent.

Stay tuned as Stiga answers the rest of your questions soon!

 

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