Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa has revealed the growth and lessons he picked up on loan at Stellenbosch FC and TS Galaxy.

Now popular as ever after scoring the winning penalty against Kaizer Chiefs in last weekend’s Nedbank Cup, Lepasa topped his season by winning the tournament best player award.

Pirates have unexpectedly invited the player for a chat, wherein the 22-year-old described getting loaned-out as something that ‘happened for a reason.’

“I am someone who doesn’t believe in mistakes. I think everything that happens to us, does so for a reason,” Lepasa told

“The key is whether someone chooses to ignore what has happened or to learn from it. For me, it’s the latter,” added the Soweto-born striker.

“My time at Stellenbosch, albeit limited was not a waste. I thank the team for giving me an opportunity but at the end of the day it just didn’t work out. This is football. The two loan moves have opened up my eyes as to what to expect and as a student of the game I always look to better myself,” concluded Lepasa.

Up next for Lepasa is representing Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA Cup.

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