When he made up his mind in December last year that it was time to track back home, the officials at Polokwane City did not make life easy for him.
“I had undergo an operation when I was at Polokwane but unfortunately they did not want to help me with the money. So I felt it was best for me to come home where I’ll be able to use my medical card but still it was a problem with the club,” said Simanyana.
It took the intervention of GU to finally convince the South African club to release the hugely talented midfielder.
At the time when they agreed to his move, the January transfer window had already closed and it meant that he had to wait for August. This meant a long wait on the sidelines to play the beautiful game again.
“It was frustrating going out for training knowing that at the end of the day you’re not going to play. I’m happy that the frustration is over, it is time to focus on my career,” said Simanyana.
Since the beginning of the season, Simanyana has featured in nine matches out of 13 which GU have played so far. He has two goals to his credit and he is confident more goals would come.
“I missed the opening five league games as I was still battling with my fitness level. Even at the present moment I don’t think I’m where I’m supposed to be. When I was not playing I did not look after my body well and then I became a bit heavy. But I’m working hard every day to get into shape and I think GU fans will get the best of me,” he continued.
It was the goal he scored against BDF XI at SSKB Stadium a fortnight ago which has boosted his confidence.
“It is not easy to face a team like BDF XI and scoring against them has lifted my spirits. I want to fight hard for a starting place here and the rest will follow. My appetite grows with every game I play and I’ve no doubt that I’ve a lot to offer GU this season. We’re left with two games before we head for the festive season and when we come back I’ll be the Mirror people used to know (before he left for South Africa),” said Simayana who turned 24 on December 2.
He has further credited GU family for the support they have given him since arriving at the club after three years of absence.
The nippy midfielder left GU in 2011 to join city rivals Township Rollers before the Blues sold him to Polokwane City.
“I’m grateful to everyone here at the club for the support I’ve received. The management, technical team and supporters have been fantastic. As for my teammates, I don’t know how much to thank them. The good thing is that some of them we’ve played together before so it was easy to make friends with them,” he said.
Despite their poor start to the League campaign this season, Simanyana believes that the Reds can challenge for the honours.
Ahead of yesterday’s crucial clash with nemesis Extension Gunners at Molepolole Stadium, GU were trailing log leaders Township Rollers by nine points.
“We just have to continue fighting for every point available and hope for the best. Football is an unpredictable game; there is likelihood that Rollers would drop points. Like I said we’ve got a quality squad which can keep pushing,” Simanyana said.
Simanyana and his club wrap us this year’s programme with tricky fixtures against Mochudi Centre Chiefs (December 13) and Township Rollers (December 20).
Both games were penciled in for the National Stadium in Gaborone but they are likely to be changed as Botswana Premier League (BPL) and Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) are still engaged in a tussle following a decision by cellular giants Mascom to brand one of the stands at the stadium. Mascom are rivals of be-MOBILE who are sponsors of the Premier League.