Mkhize back with a bang

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Mkhize – now 35 – has been turning on the magic for ambitious KwaZulu-Natal Vodacom League side Abaqulisi, where he has scored 16 goals in the 12 games that he has played so far this season.

_quote “I have learnt to be honest with myself and I feel I should probably move up to face a tougher challenge,” Mkhize tells snl24.com/kickoff. “I need to go to a higher level because I am genuinely fit for the challenge to score goals in any league for probably another two seasons.

“If the opportunity to play in the professional ranks comes along again I will grab it as I still have the hunger to succeed. Not much has changed from when I played in the PSL. My attitude has changed and I am now more serious about my career, despite playing in a lower League.

“I am serious about my football now because it is my way of life. I always motivate myself at all times before I get any boost from anyone else. Not only am I contributing as a player on the field, but my presence here has been crucial because these boys look up to me and I don’t want to disappoint them,” he says.

Starting his career at African Wanderers, Mkhize found the going tough while at Kaizer Chiefs five years ago, but he reasons his lack of luck and a poor lifestyle was his biggest downfall.

“I admit that I have no one else to blame but myself for what happened in the past. I’m responsible for everything that goes on with me. I don’t point a finger at anyone for all the things that I have been through. I’m glad that I’m still alive, which is what matters most to me – and that I can still play football.

“All the things that I have experienced in my life have taught me to be more appreciative. I am my normal self now and give thought to the way I want to see things happen in my life,” says ‘BMX’.