Henyekane: I had to make a decision

Richard Henyekane, the forgotten Mamelodi Sundowns forward, is hoping his loan spell with Free State Stars will provide him with the desperate game-time he seeks after a tough few seasons at Chloorkop.

The 30-year-old Bafana Bafana striker was roped in by Ea Lla Koto last week in a bid to rescue the club from the dreaded Absa Premiership relegation zone - the Bethlehem-based side are currently second bottom on the log.

Henyekane is in his fourth season with the Brazilians, but has made just three substitute appearances this term totalling a mere 46 minutes.

It has been the story of his career in Pretoria with his previous three years seeing him play a total of 41 times, half of those games being as a replacement, with a total of five goals scored.

Now he is hoping to regain some of the sparkle he showed prior to his move to the capital when he bagged 19 goals in the 2009-10 season playing for Lamontville Golden Arrows.

"The main reason was to come and play because you can see the team on that side (Sundowns) is doing well and obviously it was going to be difficult for me to break into the team," he told PSL.co.za. "I think it was in my best interest to come here so that I can play and get game time.

Henekane still has 18 months left on current deal with Sundowns, but he admits that that the reason for his move has nothing to do with proving anything to his employers.

"I'm not here to show anything to anyone," he explained. "It's not like I have anything to prove to Sundowns in any case.

"I've come here to play and help the club get out o the situation they're in. That's my objective.

"I'm not sure about whether it was what the coach (Pitso Mosimane) wanted and don’t want to say this one said or didn’t say that. At the time that I left he just gave me his blessing and wished me all the best."

Henyekane believes the move is good for both parties and is himself bewildered by Stars' current situation.

He continued: "They are a very good team and shouldn’t be in their current situation. They are obviously wanting to get out of where they are and that's why have brought me in.

"But it's that they have a bad team or anything. They have quality players and there's a strong desire from everyone associated with the club for them to start winning again. I'm confident that will happen soon."

And he hopes his knowledge of the Premiership can help foster the young forwards, like Adam Abdul-Basit, Camaldine Abraw and Lucky Mokoena, at his new home.

"That is part of the reason they wanted me here," he added. "It was to hopefully use my experience to the benefit of some of their younger strikers.

"I think as a club they weren’t scoring too many goals last year. They were creating a lot of chances in front of goal, but just not taking them. So they needed someone to bury them and hopefully I can help with that as well."