LERATO Chabangu has pleaded with the Mzansi public not to give up on him.
Last week it was reported the soccer star had gone awol from his club after failing to report for pre-season training.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows player is battling to keep his ailing career alive.
The 33-year-old midfield maestro was down and out, struggling to get by following a number of poor life decisions that saw him lose everything he had worked for.
However, he was given a lifeline by ABC Motsepe League outfit Baberwa FC.
But it appears as though Chabangu is still battling to overcome the demons that threatened to destroy him.
“We were never educated about finances; they just told us to ‘invest’. We did not know where and how,"
As a result, the former Bafana Bafana star has asked the third-tier club for some time off to deal with his personal problems.
SunSport paid Chabangu a visit at his home in Tembisa, where he lives with his mother and older brother.
He was sleeping when we arrived late morning but graciously woke up to chat to us.
He insisted he had no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.
“I’m still at Baberwa, I will see how long I can push myself,” said Chabangu, who sounded down throughout the interview.
“I want to continue playing until my legs are gone. Football is everything to me and I feel that I still have a lot to offer in the field of play.
“But for now, I have decided to take a little break just to deal with a few issues. I will be back to help the team fight for promotion to the National First Division.”
When asked if he was not already messing up his second chance at Baberwa, Chabangu said he had personal issues he could not divulge.