Goal senior writer Ernest Makhaya speaks with the former Chiefs midfielder Abia Nale about his plans and also about the appointment of his former coach Vladimir Vermezovic at Bucs
By Ernest Makhaya
Goal: Abia, thanks very much for making time to speak to us. Firstly, how has your season been at Aces? Do you think you have been at your best since leaving Chiefs?
Nale: I haven't been at my best for a while now, because of injuries. So, I think I will start enjoying my football again if I can stay injury-free. Hopefully I will get back to my level of playing football.
Goal: There's uncertainty with your future next season. When is your contract with Chiefs expiring, and have you decided on your next move?
Nale: My contract with Chiefs ends in June of this year, but I haven't thought about my next move yet. At the moment, I just want to focus on my football. No one has spoken to me about my future so far, including Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces. I will see at the end of the season, because there's still time to decide. There's no need to panic at this stage.
Goal: Aces will play Pirates next month, and their new coach Vladimir Vermezovic will probably be on the bench. Do you have a point to prove against him given the history between you guys?
Nale: I don't have any point to prove against anyone, because it's not because of anyone that I am here. It's only God's will that I am where I am today. I just need to stay humble and improve my game.
Goal: How was your relationship with Vermezovic at Chiefs especially after the incident that involved you back then?
Nale: My relationship with Vermezovic was fine. He's a good coach. He's a good guy. It was just that one incident, and there was nothing to it. I have learnt a lot from him (Vermezovic).
Goal: The majority of Pirates fans are not happy with his appointment. Do you think 'VV' will last as much as he did at Chiefs, and what do you think made him last there?
Nale: I don't know what to say, but what I know is that he's a good coach. From my side he was a good coach and there's nothing wrong with him.
Goal: Do you think that Vermezovic can achieve at Pirates given the fact that it is a big club like Chiefs?
Nale: I don't think he can have problems achieving his goals at Pirates. He will do well and the players will work harder.
Goal: Finally, would you like to see yourself back at Chiefs?
Nale: It's life. You will never know what will happen. They say never say never, as long as I am still alive anything is possible.
Goal: Abia thanks very much for your time, and best of luck for the rest of the season.
Nale: Sharp, my brother.
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