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Dark Days Are Behind Kauleza 04/12/03
Orlando Pirates striker Jimmy Kauleza has revealed the torment he went through after his alarming dip in form shortly after he arrived at the Soweto glamour club.

Kauleza joined Pirates when Free State Stars decided to take up the Professional Soccer Leagues offer to sell up and withdraw from the Castle Premiership.

After a fairly bright start to his career with the Buccaneers his form dipped and he battled to claim a regular place in the starting lineup which led to allegations that he had been cursed.

A lot of things happened and although I dont like to dwell on them, I need to clarify them, Kauleza told the latest edition of Soccer-Laduma.

Things were going well for me at Pirates when I joined from Free State Stars and I was confident of a bright future with the team.

But everything changed when the Viljoenskroon-born players training kit and soccer boots mysteriously went missing.

You see at Pirates we dont keep our training kit with us, it is kept by the kitman who washes it and brings it to training every day, said Kauleza.

It was a difficult period in my life as nothing was going right and I couldnt even do the things that came naturally to me.

Kauleza, who has five Bafana Bafana caps to his credit, told the weekly publication life became very tough for him after this and he was given a lot of flak by supporters which made him consider looking for another club.

It became unbearable to walk the streets because of the terrible things the supporters were saying to me, he said.

Some of the so-called Orlando Pirates supporters were very insulting to me. They told me I was costing the team and that I must leave the club.

I could not believe people were so heartless and if it hadnt been for the constant support of the management, especially Phil Setshedi and my teammate Hleza Mofedi, I might have asked for a transfer.

In the interview Kauleza also takes a swipe at his fellow Pirates players for being selfish.

At Pirates it is everybody for himself and God for us all.

I sometimes did not believe that other guys were my teammates because of the way they behaved.

However, Kauleza looks to finally be turning things around. He scored his first goal of the season in Pirates pivotal come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Santos - a match that has rejuvenated the clubs season - and then got another goal against Moroka Swallows.

In last weekends impressive Castle Premiership win over Golden Arrows he caught the eye with his tireless running off the ball and his unselfish distribution when in possession.

This culminated in a scintillating run through the Arrows defence to set up Benedict Vilakazis second goal in the 2-0 win.

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