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Makudubela: I will be back to dish it out

Mahlatse Makudubela is heading back to South Africa and the Premier Soccer League after COVID-19 dashed his dreams of European football.

The 30-year-old former Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates winger signed for Georgia second division side FC Gagra in February 2019, alongside Jabulani Shongwe.

But the outbreak of the coronavirus meant he was released from his contract, having played just one league game.

He had most recently been on the book of Highlands Park but struggled for game-time, and is now looking for a club where he can play consistently.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, Makudubela said: "I've been in Europe for over five months now but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, everything had to stop just one game into the season.

"I'm supposed to be this side (Georgia) for 6-12 months obviously to see how things go. Right now I am in a position to say that as of June, I will be available to sign with a team of my choice and I will be back to dish out what people have been enjoying in previous seasons."

Makudubela, who also played for Golden Arrows and Chippa United on loan, says he has a number of clubs to consider.

"I've been getting a lot of calls and messages from people asking where I am currently playing. That makes me itch to get back onto the field and do what I love on home soil.

"I just hope that something good comes up, I've been talking to some people, including my family and the best possible option for now is to come back home, regroup and take it from there.

"I'm still in Europe awaiting a repatriation flight but I will be back in South Africa soon."