MOVING to play in South Africa’s elite football league is a dream for many local players.
The profitable Absa Premiership has become a destination of choice for many players as it serves as a springboard to high paying European Leagues.
However, stories of footie stars who move to Super Diski but fail to prove themselves are well documented with former Mamelodi Sundowns gunslinger Cuthbert Malajila saying most of them fail to make a lasting impression because of indiscipline.
“When we come to South Africa, we are here to work. I believe self-discipline should be the big thing. You should come here and focus on football and the other things will follow. You should not change your lifestyle. They always say, more money more problems but you should always know that you came to South Africa to play football,” said Malajila in an interview with ZBC.
With most players losing focus and making wrong choices, the former Highlanders and Dynamos marksman added: “When you are a foreigner you are a foreigner and when you work hard and people start believing in you, it will be a plus to you. You should do your work, there is no difficulty you can face.”
Malajila started his career at Kadoma-based lower division side David Whitehead before moving to Airforce outfit Chapungu which was a springboard to bigger challenges at giants Bosso and DeMbare.
He was also to have a dance in Tunisia and Libya before he settled in Mzansi where he turned out for Maritzburg United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Black Leopards winning a number of league titles and trophies in the process.
The former Warriors striker is probably the most decorated player in terms of silverware among the current crop of players in the South African Premiership.
Over the last seven years in the South African Premiership, he has won four league titles, having arrived in Super Diski as a championship-winner following his move from Dynamos in January 2012.
He also has the MTN8, Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and the CAF Champions League gold medals to boast of.
Even with the national team, he won gold at the 2009 COSAFA Cup where he was also the tournament’s top goal scorer. It was only during his brief spell at Libyan club Al Akhdar and at Maritzburg United where he failed to keep his winning streak going.