Junaid Hartley talks to KICK OFF about alleged drug use and lack of income


Big things were expected of Hartley early in his career but those dreams were never quite reached, for various reasons.

KICK OFF magazine sat down one-on-one with the former Bafana Bafana, Seven Stars and Orlando Pirates prodigy two weeks ago in Florida, Gauteng.

Asked about stories of ill-discipline and reported drug use during his playing days, Hartley responds: “I don’t know what people perceive as ill-discipline.

“I was doing an interview the other day and they asked me about drugs … I gave a Jose Mourinho answer and said, ‘Okay, you are here to question me about drugs. Did you bring the drug test with you? If yes, let me take the test and after the results are on the table we can talk. Until then, we can’t talk about that.’

“But I am not going to say those things did happen or did not happen. People are human. People can create problems, but also people can also come up with solutions.”

The 38-year-old, who revealed in the magazine that he doesn't have an income at the moment, also comments about being booked into rehab…

“You don’t only go to rehab for drugs: you can also go to rehab because your mental state of mind is not good, or because you are injured. Did I ever take drugs before? I would never say no and I would never say I did. There are times when you experiment with things, but never in my playing career.”


The new edition of KICK OFF magazine goes on sale on Friday, and in it you can read the full interview with Hartley where he talks about all aspects of his life, past and present.

It is also a bumper edition for Kaizer Chiefs fans with interviews with their warriors for next season as well as new signings Lewis Macha, Mitchell Katsvairo and Edmore Chirambadare!