Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela has opened up on his heartache after missing the 2019 African Cup of Nations due to a knee injury.
Mandela was one of the assured starters in the Stars team but an injury during a camp in France before the showpiece saw the defender undergo a surgery something he said was hard to take.
“It was tough to accept that I was missing the showpiece. It was worse in the first two days after it was confirmed that I couldn’t feature in the tournament. But I have to thank my teammates for helping me during that period. Most of the times I was with Calabar (David Owino) and he encouraged me a lot,” Mandela said in a Facebook live show with Bramwel Karamoja.
The defender who is currently a free agent after leaving Maritzburg United said he is still club searching and is hopeful that he will soon be back in action once the Covid-19 pandemic ends; Mandela thanking United for their support even after the surgery.
“To be sincere they (Maritzburg) have been helpful during my stay there. I served them well and I think they did that to me too. When I came back from surgery I didn’t have any power in my foot but they took me through the rehabilitation process even after my contract with them had ended.
“After feeling well I told them I needed a new challenge and they accepted without any fuss and I have to thank them for that. I'm a free agent now and I know I'll be back in action soon after the pandemic ends,” Mandela added.
Mandela has been trying out with clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Highland Parks after the culmination of his United contract and has constantly been linked with a move to the clubs he has trained with.