Benson Mhlongo injury orlando Pirates Platinum Stars

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The veteran defender led from the back as Dikwena overcame the odds, and afterwards he told Robert Marawa that beating the Buccaneers was a ‘good feeling’ after they nearly ended his career.

Mhlongo suffered an horrific knee injury in 2009 and was given little chance of playing again, but he fought back and secured a move to Stars three years later.

And last night he claimed Pirates had given him insurance papers to sign which would have effectively ended his career.

“For me to come back from my injury and win a trophy … it’s a good feeling,” he said after the match.

“Pirates gave me insurance papers to sign, and if I signed those papers I was not going to be here today. They nearly ended my career. People don’t know that … I’m happy to beat them.

“They gave me the papers to sign to say it’s over, but I said I would take my chances. I still had two years with them, but I took my chances. If I don’t recover, we’ll see what I can do after that. But I did recover, I’m back, and I won against them … what a feeling.”

Efforts to get hold of Pirates officials this morning to give their side of the story proved fruitless.

Meanwhile, Mhlongo also explained the reason for him wearing the number 10 jersey … something usually associated with the star forward of a team.

“I wear number 10 to take the pressure off my boys and say, ‘just leave the numbers aside and play football’.”