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Puso Dithejane owns up: ‘I didn’t mean to do it’

TS Galaxy right-back Puso Dithejane has spoken out for the first time since his exit from Kaizer Chiefs.

Dithejane, a highly-rated prospect, was released by Chiefs’ DStv Diski Challenge team alongside teammate Unathi Mdaka. The reason for their departure remained unclear, although reports suggested they refused to act as ball boys for a senior team match.

Despite his release, Dithejane, who had already received a call-up to Bafana Bafana for the 2023 COSAFA Cup, was quickly signed by TS Galaxy’s senior team. He has since made three appearances in all competitions for the Rockets.

In an exclusive interview, the 19-year-old expressed regret over any disrespect his actions may have caused Kaizer Chiefs, a “big brand.” He acknowledged the importance of respecting the club’s stature.


Puso Dithejane in action for TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership
Puso Dithejane in action for TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership. Picture by TS Galaxy

“Somehow the thing that I did wasn’t good because I’m not bigger than the team. I respect that and I respect the club,” Dithejane told FARPost.

“So, for me, to do that to the team, I wasn’t respectful. But then I didn’t mean to do it. I respect the brand and I’m not bigger than the brand.

“What I learnt is one shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes and all of us in football make mistakes. One can only learn from their mistakes and do better going forward.”

Dithejane said that while he doesn’t regret departing the Soweto giants, he acknowledges missing his time playing there.

“For me, I don’t think I regret [leaving Kaizer Chiefs] because this is the opportunity to play in the PSL. I’m learning a lot from it.

“I don’t think I regret making a switch, but then on the other side to be honest I miss playing there. Here it’s different to what I was used to,” he added.

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