Messi excited to be back; ready to play ‘significant role’

Tebogo Tlolane of Jomo Cosmos during the National First Division 2016/17 match between Jomo Cosmos and Milano United FC at Tsakane Stadium, Tsakane South Africa on 15 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Jomo Cosmos midfielder, Tebogo “Messi” Tlolane says he was excited to be back in action last Sunday after sitting out the first 11 games of the season due to groin injury.

“It was an exciting moment for me because it marked my return to football after an agonizing time out on the sidelines,” he reflected.

The 22-year-old was a late substitute in last weekend’s crushing 4-1 defeat of Mbombela United, and was involved in the build up to Ezenkosi’s fourth goal.

“Coming back and making a positive contribution was a big plus for me as well, and at the current rate I’ll be taking it one game at a time in terms of my fitness level.

“But most importantly, I am mentally prepared to play my part in our quest for promotion to the Premier League.

“I must also use this opportunity to commend the lads for doing a good job so far. If we can keep the focus and sustain the momentum we can go into the Xmas break as league leaders,” he enthused.

He admitted that making the starting XI will not be an easy task considering how the team has been playing as a cohesive unit.

“The squad is looking strong and has been scoring plenty of goals so far, and I guess it would be difficult breaking into the team, but I love competition, and so long as my fitness level improves, anything is possible,” he said.

Barring any unforeseen fitness issues, Messi should be available for selection when Cosmos travel to Witbank Spurs on Saturday for an NFD fixture.

-Mark Ogagan


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