Alexander: My foundation is strong
Bidvest Wits midfielder Cole Alexander says the confidence he now has in himself as a player allows him to brush off harsh criticism.
The 30-year-old is former Ajax Cape Town and Polokwane City midfielder who has also spent time on loan with Vasco and Chippa United
While he is an experienced and accomplished Premier Soccer League player, Alexander has often found himself the brunt fan abuse.
But speaking to the SA Football Journalists' Association, as reported by KickOff, Alexander revealed his emotional development.
He said: "As footballers, because fans, coaches, clubs all have opinions and will always say this and that – one minute you're on top of the mountain and the best player in the league, the next you're a has-been, you're injury-prone and not good enough.
"That can shake you if you don't really know who you are. Once I found out who I am, I'm not moved by anyone's opinion – that's not my business.
"Because, even in the media, if you read the messages and what people say about some players – it's [horrible]. Before I knew who I really am in Christ, I used to be hurt by what people used to think of me.
"I used to be filled with doubt [when] reading comments like, 'Who's this cow?' – 'This cow is not good' – 'This cow is that', you know, calling us cows [laughs].
"So, I used to be moved, but once I knew who I am, and who I am in Christ, those things don't bother me anymore; I can't be moved, I'm a solid rock and my foundation is strong.
"I know my identity now and I walk in that confidence, so definitely such groups like SCZA (Sports Chaplaincy South Africa) have really helped me, and I appreciate them a lot."