Yusuf Maart is one of the players who started their Kaizer Chiefs career like a duck in water but his new journey to Amakhosi has not gone without some criticism.
While his performances impressed most fans, Maart also had to endure harsh words and he says he appreciates that.
In fact, Maart takes it on the chin when criticized and uses it as motivation instead of letting it break through his confidence.
“To be honest, if you are a hard worker and the fans know what talent you have, if you make a mistake they will always be on your case because they know what you can do.
“They want the best for you. And I understand that sometimes,” Maart said when asked about the opponents.
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder says playing in the National Premier League with Sekhukhune United has strengthened him as a player.
“I played in the MDC (at the Pirates) and the Premier League is more difficult than the MDC. I learned a lot in the NFD, the football there is different from the premiership,” says Maart.
“There are a lot of things I learned there. It made me tougher and more aggressive. I now understand when to be aggressive because this league is something else and it made me who I am. .
And joining Chiefs was obviously a dream come true for Maart, but things didn’t go smoothly. He believes, however, that the Chiefs will soon be an unstoppable force.
“It’s still early in the league and everyone is trying to find their bearings and get to where we want to be.
“Everyone is still learning and as soon as everyone finds their bearings and we start to gel, we will get what we want,” says Maart.
“As a footballer you can’t panic. You can’t play with fear because if you play with fear you will never enjoy the game. We are getting there and eventually we will get there.”
Adapting to the way things are at Chiefs, Maart says: “It’s been good because it’s football after all. If it’s a new system, you only have Fortunately, the system that Chiefs uses suits me so I adapted easily.