Orlando Pirates defender Nkosinathi Mthiyane disclosed that he is suffering from severe depression due to lack of game time at the club.
The 29-year-old returned to the Buccaneers following his short-term loan stint at Lamontville Golden Arrows prior to the current campaign.
However, Mthiyane, who is a defender-come-midfielder, has found it difficult to break into the Pirates match day squad.
“I’m unhappy because this is the second time I find myself in this situation," Mthiyane told Daily Sun.
The Ngwelezane-born was shipped out on loan to Arrows midway through the 2016/17 season after failing to make his mark at Bucs.
“Last season I didn’t get a match kit and I was eventually loaned out to Arrows where I enjoyed my football," he continued.
"When I came back in July I had hoped I would be given a chance to prove my worth as I played 17 games in all competitions while on loan.
"But it seems I’m not taken seriously as I wasn’t given a jersey again this season," Mthiyane explained.
“When my teammates go to camp I spend most of my time sleeping at home because I have nothing else to do.
“This has had a negative affect on my health because I feel I’m not good enough to play for Pirates,” the former Chippa United player added.
Innocent Maela has been enjoying regular game time as Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's first-choice left-back, while Marc Van Heerden is also an option for the Serbian tactician.
“No one has bothered to tell me what I needed to improve on to be considered," Mthiyane continued.
“I know I need to fight for a place like everyone else. I always give my best at training. But without playing I won’t become a better player.
“No one will notice my talent and that gives me sleepless nights," he concluded.