• Chabangu keen on return to football after hitting rock bottom

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    Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns star Lerato Chabangu admits that he is keen to get back onto the field of play after losing everything from his days as a professional footballer.

    The former SuperSport United recently made headlines when an image of him holding a beer was circulated on social media. Chabangu’sfinancial struggles subsequently came to light with reports revealing that he is down-and-out and living with his grandmother in Tembisa.

    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 no fall into the same trap 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.

    ‘I have never retired. I can play at least one or two years if I get a chance,’ he concluded.

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