Letlhogonolo Mirwa living off his parents and writing a book

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Scroll right for memories of Mirwa's time with Ama
Scroll right for memories of Mirwa's time with Amakhosi

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Letlhogonolo Mirwa reveals circumstances have been tough in his life since he stopped receiving a salary from the club.

Mirwa was released by Chiefs at the start of the season without kicking a ball in an official match.

His last outing was the Shell Helix Ultra Cup against Mamelodi Sundowns where he was replaced at half-time after struggling to keep up with the pace of the match.

Besides the Shell Cup, Mirwa won another trophy with Chiefs before he was released – see in the pics above

The 25-year-old says at the moment he is trying to get a publisher for a book he is writing so that he can stop depending on his parents.

"Eish my brother the situation is difficult to be honest, I don't want to lie you see," Mirwa tells KickOff.com.

"Eish my brother the last time I got paid it was in February from Kaizer Chiefs. That was the last time I got my salary. I was released in October. They were paying me for the months that were remaining from my contract.

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"Eish grootman, to be honest it's tough. I have just finished writing my book, like I'm trying to make means with it you know. I just need a publisher. The inspiration is from the hardships that I actually went through.

"The book is based on like how to bounce back from the difficult situations that we face. It's basically about my journey, about being a footballer, how it has not been easy at all. It doesn't mean that I'm quitting playing football."

The free agent left-back says despite everything that has – or hasn't – happened, he enjoyed his short stay at Naturena.

"Everything was amazing. I can't compare the feeling to anything, and it found me where I thought that I was lost in my life you understand. I really wanted to have that breakthrough and the time it came, that really changed my life," Mirwa reflects.

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"I'm no longer that Letlhogonolo who signed for Kaizer Chiefs on the first day, there's a lot that I have learnt right now.

"Ja it's still painful even now [leaving Chiefs], especially because I haven't really got my second breakthrough to play football again. So I'm still stuck on those good memories that I had, and like so far I feel if I can get a team and play then that would be great for me moving forward.

"Ja now I'm more dependent on my parents so far to be honest, they are the ones who are helping me like to survive my situation right now. There's nothing that I'm doing to get an income. I want to publish my book so that I can get that small income you know."

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Patrick Mabedi, who served as an assistant coach to Giovanni Solinas during Mirwa's short stint at Amakhosi, says the defender has what it takes to play in the professional ranks.

"Maybe he never fit to the demands that they wanted... maybe it can't be a factor, if I just say as a coach maybe. Remember when I left he was still there. He was playing Diski [MDC] so that he gets more game-time," says Mabedi.

"If I give my opinion, he was a very good player, physically good... but he just needed a few tactics in aspects of the game, that's all.

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"But you know us coaches, you wanted things to happen immediately, you don't have time to fix certain things or you don't have enough time to work because of all the pressure or whatever.

"So it can be maybe the problem. But overall he was not a bad player, he was a good player."