Fredericks backs Yeye’s decision to join SuperSport

Reneilwe Letsholonyane. (Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Kaizer Chiefs legend Stanton Fredericks says Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane’s move from Chiefs to SuperSport United was a personal decision.

“It comes down to a personal decision and he had to consider what is best for him and his family. If I was in his shoes, I also would’ve taken the two year deal,” the former Chiefs midfielder told Phakaaathi.

Fredericks added that Yeye made the right move by joining SuperSport, saying they are an ambitious team and have the right kind of spirit.

“I know Yeye from afar, but I can assure you that wherever he plays, he will always be a professional. He is never in the media for the wrong reasons – it is always about his work.

“He obviously has an understanding with Stuart Baxter, and that will make him settle in the team a lot quicker.

“Yeye is one of the few box-to-box players you will find in the Premier Soccer League, you find him defending, you find him in attack. It is very difficult for a midfielder to get that right.

“He is a player that we can compare to Yaya Toure,” he added.

With Yeye being on the wrong side of 30 – according to football standards, Stiga believes that Letsholonyane still has a few years in his legs.

“He can play up to 35 years, but he has to avoid injuries because there is really no time for recovery at his age,” said Fredericks.

Chiefs had a long tradition of picking up at least one trophy every season, but that traditional has since faded away in recent seasons. This season Chiefs finished runners up in two cup finals.

Fredericks says the reason behind that is because other teams are catching up.

“The game is moving, time doesn’t stand still, and teams are catching up. The likes of Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United are all stepping up. The so-called smaller teams are getting financial sponsors, making it harder for top teams to have it their way always.

“Chiefs need to get an A-plus development structure. Use that to fill the gaps. But for now, Chiefs will have to spend to replace Yeye,” he explained.

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