- Zakhele Lepasa turned into an instant hero on Saturday following his heroics in the Nedbank Cup final
- Lepasa converted a last-minute penalty against Kaizer Chiefs to catapult TS Galaxy to victory
- The 22-year-old striker is on loan from Orlando Pirates and now waits on the Buccaneers to make a call on his future
The story of Zakhele Lepasa should inspire young football players across Mzansi.
The young striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Orlando Pirates and loaned out to National First Division side, TS Galaxy, to gain experience.
Many young players often regress when loaned out, but Lepasa has proven that it could be a blessing in disguise.
On Saturday, Lepasa became an instant hero as his last-minute goal secured victory over Kaizer Chiefs as well as the coveted Nedbank Cup.
Lepasa proved he had ice in his veins as he emphatically converted the stoppage time penalty.
His good form has been rewarded as he won the player of the tournament award for the four goals scored.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Buccaneers coach, Milutin Sredojevic, would have been smiling on Saturday.
Not only did Lepasa’s goal thwart the Amakhosi, but he may now have a confident new player to call upon for next season.
Lepasa said, “As a player I think I’m good enough to play (for Pirates), but they will be the one to decide.”
TimesLIVE reported that Lepasa was upset about his exclusion from the starting lineup, but was still full of praise for Galaxy’s coach, Dan Malesela.
Lepasa said, "Even before this game I was starting but you have to trust him. He’s definitely one of the best coaches.”
Malesela revealed the logic behind rationing Lepasa’s game time.
He said, “The reason I’m playing him in patches is because I know there are a lot of things he still needs to learn as a striker.”
Malesela feels the 22-year-old still needs to focus more on the team, but that his potential is there for all to see.
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