Former Kaizer Chiefs defender and South African junior international Sibusiso Mabiliso has questioned the motives around talk that he is injury prone.
Mabiliso spoke to SABC Sport, just three days after parting ways with Chiefs after struggling to break into the team in his first season with the club since joining from AmaZulu in 2021.
The former PSL Young Player of the Season, member of the Amajita squad at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2019 and Olympian in Tokyo in 2021, came to Chiefs with a good track record but managed just six matches and only one start in the Soweto derby.
After finding it difficult to get game time, and having fallen off the Bafana Bafana radar, having been picked by head coach Hugo Broos when he first arrived in the country, Mabiliso saw the need to take his career elsewhere.
But the reports attributed to the club about his struggle with injuries have rubbed the 23-year-old up in the wrong way.
“Grootman, I only heard from the media that I’ve been struggling with injuries and that I’m always injured. Out of four seasons, I spent at AmaZulu, I only had one injury and that’s when I had a fracture and I was out for two months,” Mabiliso told SABC Sport.
“At Chiefs last season, I never had an injury until only recently in the pre-season, this was the first injury I got. How is it possible that I played over 20 games per season at AmaZulu if I was injury prone? It’s not possible.”
When the Covid-19 outbreak hit Chiefs in December last year, Mabiliso was one of the players affected shortly after he played 90 minutes in the Soweto derby win over Orlando Pirates.
“I only got Covid last year and I was back after two weeks. I’ve never had an injury during the season. My worry now is that this is going to affect my search for a new club,” he added.
“The medical records will show that I have no injury history. Right now, there are some clubs already showing concerns that I am injury prone when I’m not.”
He will be finishing his rehabilitation this week after picking up a quad injury during the pre-season and will be ready for full training.
SABC Sport has learnt that clubs like SuperrSport United, Royal AM, Cape Town City and Swallows have shown interest in the left-back.