“Those mistakes happened and that was the reason I had to leave Spurs”

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Mbulelo Mabizela admits that mistakes in his personal life cost him his career at Spurs.

The South African defender is set to line up for England’s friendly opponents Platinum Stars today where he could face his former Spurs team-mates Ledley King and Jermain Defoe.

He told the Mirror: “When I look back, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I made some mistakes, mistakes in my personal life, things I’d rather not elaborate upon, as a result of me leaving Spurs.

“Those mistakes happened and that was the reason I had to leave Spurs. I left and I came back to South Africa – I went for help, I got help, I’m still being helped. I wouldn’t say I’m OK now, but I feel I’m going forward now.

“I can say that, even though it’s just an open public session, everyone in my team is looking forward to the game with England. I had a good start at Spurs, but it was too short and it’s something that I will always look back upon with regret.

“Those days are gone, though. You can’t dwell on them. I have to carry on with my life and my career. I played with Ledley, Defoe, some of the guys that I’ll be up against here.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. it all started so well, scored a 35 yard screamer and then spent the rest of his spurs career making friends with people like Toda on the bench!

  2. From Wiki… "Mabizela was released by Tottenham Hotspur after only fourteen months with the club for disciplinary problems in 2004, (Reports of him going to training while in the state of intoxication were everywhere in the British media at the time), this followed him having been stripped of the Bafana Bafana captaincy for going AWOL some three months earlier. Other troubles have included a six month ban for the use of a banned substance in 2006 and in December 2008 a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. In July 2009 Platinum Stars made a decision to terminate his contract following further problems, but after a meeting with the team head coach Steve Komphela, "Old John" was allowed to continue his career with the club."

    "going to training while in the state of intoxication" – love it!

  3. Released after going to training while in the state of intoxication – Thank God we were more forgiving in Gilly and Greavsie's days!

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