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Why Ditsile dumped Highlands Park

Publishing Date : 10 July, 2018


Former Highlands Park midfielder, Lebogang Ditsile says he had to cut ties with the South African premiership rookies in order to reshape his future once more. The 23 year old promising talent failed to nail down a regular starting birth with the Highlands North based outfit.

The former Zebras hard tackling midfielder told WeekendSport that his stay with the team was not all glorious as he got stressed to a point where he started abusing alcohol and ultimately gaining more weight in a short period of time. Ditsile says the stress stemmed from him being sidelined by the Highlands Park coach even though his talent was there for everybody to see. “The coach always gave priority to local players and often times I was in the bench of which it never helped anyhow,” he said.

Although he was arguably one of the highest paid foreign players at Highlands Park, that alone did not settle him― nothing could have made him happier than donning the club colours. He however explained to this publication that he had to wake from a deep slumber and make a quick decision that would later save his otherwise promising football career.

Ditsile says he was a frustrated man throughout his stay at Highlands Park. He eventually turned to alcohol to drown his sorrows. “The fact that I was never given a chance to play made me stressful. My habits began to change for the worse and I resorted to drinking more alcohol which made me to gain weight that I had to lose again so as to perform better in the field of play,” he explained. As a young player, Ditsile thought that it will be better for him to cut ties with the club to shape his future once more.

“I had to quit because I saw that my career was going down the drain. I am still young and I have a lot ahead of me and I could not waste my time anymore. I believe there is a lot I am yet to achieve,” he highlighted. Recently, the player signed a one year contract with Jwaneng Galaxy. He snubbed Orapa United because he thought they were offering him less than what he wanted. He said he wanted to keep himself busy as he prepares for greater opportunities ahead.

“Yes, I was recently signed with Jwaneng Galaxy. This is not my last bus stop as next year I’ll be going to play in Indonesia,” he said. Close sources have also revealed that Highlands Park officials have on numerous occasions tried to bring him back to the team but without luck. The player appeared to have made up his mind to ditch a team that almost turned his dreams into a nightmare.



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