Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns star Lerato Chabangu admits that he is keen to get back on to the field of play after losing everything from his days as a professional footballer.
The former SuperSport United player recently made headlines when an image of him holding a beer was circulated on social media. Chabangu’s financial struggles subsequently came to light, with reports revealing that he is down and out and living with his grandmother in Tembisa.
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The 33-year-old, who rose to fame during his four-year stint with Masandawana from 2005 until 2009, appeared on Robert Marawa’s Marawa Sports Worldwide show on Radio 2000 and made a few revelations.
‘You can say I have been hiding from people, I don’t even go to stadiums,’ the former AmaTuks man told Marawa.
‘I do feel like I’m depressed. I comfort myself by watching TV. I disappointed lots of people.
‘I was found in a wrong space, most of my friends were living in township. I could say that I have destroyed myself, I can’t really blame others. If you are at the wrong space, the negative things will catch you,’ he added.
Chabangu revealed his plans to start a foundation to ensure that other people from similar backgrounds do not fall into the same traps that he did.
‘This problem that I am having (depression), I know I am not alone. I was hoping to open the Lerato Chabangu Foundation to help (people) where I come from.
‘I will be open to help the younger ones that are coming (through). They should not go through what I went through.
‘Be careful what you do in life, be strong and keep praying, it will help. Thanks for the loved ones who have been following and supporting me, I really appreciate that.
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‘I have never retired. I can play at least one or two years if I get a chance,’ he concluded.
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