Sifiso Myeni : New Bidvest Wits signing Sifiso Myeni says there are no hard feelings following his axing from Orlando Pirates and welcomes new challenges upon his return to Sturrock Park.
Myeni was surprisingly amongst a number of Pirates players deemed surplus to requirements and placed on the transfer-list by new coach Muhsin Ertugral following his arrival in July.
The 28-year-old was then forced to train on his own while his agent Mike Makaab was left to negotiate with numerous interest parties, before he completed a deadline-day switch to The Clever Boys.
Upon his return to Wits, Myeni thanks the club for handing him a lifeline while adding that he holds no grudges towards The Buccaneers for kicking him out.
“You know, in football you just have to expect the unexpected,” Myeni told reporters at the club’s training base on Thursday morning.
“Whatever happened has happened, you can’t have doubts about it. When they said ‘transfer-list’, I said ‘okay, no problem’, because there is no use telling them or asking them why.
“My agent Mike Makaab then managed to organise me a few deals, and we sat down and saw that Wits had a good offer so I came and they’ve welcomed me back, obviously, thanks to Jose [Ferreira] and Gavin Hunt.”
The diminutive winger, who can also play as an attacking central midfielder, adds that he played his part at the Soweto club and is looking to grab his opportunity with last season’s Absa Premiership runners-up.
“I think I played my part [at Pirates], and I think I played the way the coach wanted me to play – not necessarily how people expected me to play,” he added.
“At the end of the day, if the coach tells you ‘this is how you play’ you have to follow those instructions, and you can’t just do what you want to.
“I played and my journey had to end, so I’ve had to take another step [in my career] and come to a Wits team that has a very good squad.
“It’s up to me whether I’ll manage to fit in well with the team and take my chance.”
In rounding up his stay at Mayfair, Myeni cherishes his memories of reaching the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup finals and believes he played his part.
“For me, I think it was good. I managed to play in a lot of finals and obviously if you don’t win then no-one remembers the runners-up,” he conceded.
“But they gave me a chance to play in Africa – who would have thought – and I went to two finals, which we didn’t win, but I think my summary of Pirates is that it was good for me.
“In life you can’t please everyone, as they all have their own opinions, so for me I think I did well.”