OLALENG Shaku is determined to return to the PSL after being sacked by Baroka FC management two years ago following a drinking binge.
Shaku and former Bakgaga goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke, together with then coach Kgoloko Thobejane were accused of drinking alcohol in a team bus after a 2-0 loss to Free Stars Stars in February 2018.
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Shaku tried to resurrect his career with Witbank Spurs, but unfortunately they got relegated from the GladAfrica Championship at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Shaku started a new challenge with Rustenburg-based ABC Motsepe League side Polokwane City Rovers.
The soft-spoken player told SunSport that he is not prepared to falter again having learnt the hard way.
“Life is unpredictable and no one is perfect,” he said. “We all make mistakes that we learn not to repeat them. But it all depends if you can recover from the setback or not. I agree that I made a big mistake and got punished for it, but I have since moved on. I can’t dwell on the past, it’s now history.”
The coronavirus pandemic has made life more difficult for Shaku and his family since he also had a salary cut.
“Life has never been easy in Covid-19. The chairman tried his best to give us something, but it’s not the same like before the season was stopped.”
The 32-year-old reckons he still has a lot to offer in the top flight before he hangs up his boots.
“There are a lot of challenges we face as footballers,” he said. “But when we don’t get a team in the PSL it doesn’t mean we are not good players. I need to accept the situation and work hard because I can’t just give up on my career. I still have four more years to play in the top flight. I take care of my body, I am disciplined and live a healthy lifestyle. I will double my effort to stay active so that I would be ready when a PSL team requires my services.”
However, his immediate target is to help Rovers, who are currently heading the standings in the North West province stream to gain promotion to the Championship.