Jomo Cosmos hardman Teboho Mokoena has slammed suggestions that he deliberately sets out to injure opponents and is over-zealous with his trademark bone-crunching tackles.
Speaking to the Cape Times on Tuesday, the 29-year-old midfielder says: "I go out to do a decent job for my team. To say that I deliberately aim to hurt opponents can't be further from the truth.
We (Cosmos) play a tough brand of football but it's a combination of closing teams down and forcing them into mistakes.
The Thokoza-born player also says he is often on the receiving end of dangerous tackles. And while football is his and every other players livelihood he would never set out to do damage to another players career.
"I also get my fair share of bad, or should I say ill-timed, tackles. But no one writes about that.
At the end of the day, however, we earn a living from football and I respect that and would not want to be the cause of destroying someone's career."
Mokoena has played over 100 games for Cosmos in two spells with the Vosloorus-based team and scored eight goals.
He has also played for Witbank Aces and Swiss team St Gallen in his career.
Mokoena has been capped 24 times at international level and starred in the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.