FAILURE is not a word that is usually well received by athletes.

But Kermit Erasmus is not ashamed to say he failed in his first season with Mamelodi Sundowns.

The diminutive striker could not hit the 30-goal mark he had set himself when he arrived from Cape Town City.

“Yes, I did not get to 30 goals and if people consider me as a failure, then so be it. I'm not ashamed to say I failed,” said Erasmus.

“If you see me injury free, there is very little I cannot do. Being injury-free is my main concern now.”

The Bafana Bafana international started the season brightly before niggling injuries hampered his progress.

“The challenge for me has been the injuries and the obviously the Covid-19 situation I had last December,” Kermit explained.

“In the first few games of the season, things were looking good. If we have to be honest we have to look at how the season went, whether I played all the games or not. People are going to be critical about it, I am also critical about it but there is no need for people’s criticism. 

“But it's been a good season because we won the league. But it is not quite satisfying for me because I would have loved to play more. My ambition is to win another league trophy. 

“There is always an opportunity to try and do it again, that’s the beauty about football.”

Erasmus had three stints overseas - in between playing for SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates - before he joined Cape Town City and later Sundowns.

At 30, Erasmus could be a star in Europe, given his immense talent. But he blamed the poor management for how the direction his career took from an early age. He hasn't ruled out a return overseas, although that is not foremost in his mind.

“If I had better management (agent) early in my career maybe it would have been different 

But I appreciate where I am. I'm not thinking of moves overseas at the moment. I'm happy where I am. I don't think too far ahead. I always try and stay in the present, focused on getting into shape ahead of the new season.”