Matema back to sharpen Spurs

Striker Ralph Matema is back in action for his Mpumalanga-based South African National First Division side, Witbank Spurs.

Ralph Matema
Ralph Matema

The dreadlocked marksman has signed a new deal with Spurs, a club he had left at the end of last season, and hopes to make up for time he lost in the sidelines.

“I am aiming to help them secure automatic promotion or at least finish in a play-offs position for next season,” said the former Highlanders striker.

The new deal ends speculation around Matema’s future, with the player having in recent weeks been linked to a return back home. Injury has stalled the 30-year-old’s progress in the neighbouring country, where he came to join Orlando Pirates in 2007 but saw very little action.

The same woes have dogged his stay at Spurs, where he played a cameo role in the side’s failed bid to secure promotion last season, but scored enough goals on his return to steer them off the relegation zone when he returned with less than 10 matches remaining, to end the club’s top goal scorer.

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