Mamelodi Sundowns striker Lebohang Mokoena has confirmed through the club website that he will start with his rehabilitation program sooner than expected.
Cheeseboy has been out of action for over four months now and he admits that he misses the atmosphere in and around the club, as he said watching his teammates on TV has been a very painful experience.
“Watching your teammates playing on TV is a very painful experience, especially when you know that you won’t be rejoining them anytime soon. It’s lonely out there, and you miss your colleagues, and very importantly, the fans. I feel much better now that I know I will be starting my rehab at the club soon,” said Mokoena.
With coach Pitso Mosimane clearly not so satisfied with the performance of some senior players at Sundowns, Mokoena revealed that he has been getting a lot of support from the former national team coach.
According to Mokoena, Mosimane assured him that he still has a future at Sundowns despite missing the majority of games this season due to an injury.
“Coach Pitso has been in touch with me and has been encouraging me like a father during the tough period. He assured me that he knows what I can contribute to the team once I’m ready. He has been telling me to focus on completing my program and not rush myself prematurely, because the team will need me fully fit,” he said.
The former Pirates striker has worked with Pitso Mosimane at the national team before, and he believes that the working relationship between them still exists. Mokoena is positive that he will get a fair chance under Mosimane.
“Having worked with the coach at the national team and enjoying a relationship with him has given me peace of mind, because I know I will get a fair chance to prove myself once I’m ready,” added Mokoena.