“I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE LOSS OF MY FATHER, SO I THINK IT DID COME OUT THROUGH FOOTBALL.”
“Some things I took the wrong
way and I let it get to my head. But in other things I grew and whatever I learnt, I took on board. Wits was such a great learning stage, not only the football, but also as a person. “Speaking about it now, it was only a positive, but at the time I only saw negatives. My biggest downfall was my own attitude. I thought the people around me were the reason I wasn’t playing, I thought they didn’t know what they were thinking. It was always someone else. “I lost dad in 2013, and in 2014 we were going through this transitional phase. I moved back to South Africa only five months after dad passed away. I didn’t know how to deal with the loss of my father, so I think it did come out through football. “I was acting rebellious, sometimes I would come late to training and I would speak to people how I wanted. But in saying that, I’m not a rude person. They knew I was a good boy, and I think the guys at Wits were wondering why this was happening. I think it was my way of retaliating to the loss of my father. “It almost felt at stages we were working against each other and at the end of the day my career was getting affected, nothing else. Then I learnt to accept reality and eventually it got better. “But by that time I was leaving, I was 17 or 18 and off to Sporting Lisbon.” uFull name: Liam Jonathan Jordan uBorn: 30/7/98 in Durban uSources: Wynton Rufer Academy, Auckland City juniors, Bidvest Wits juniors uPSL debut: Bidvest Wits 3 University of Pretoria 0 (as a sub, 17/3/15, Nedbank Cup) uFirst goal scored: Bidvest Wits 6 Lightstars 0 (27/2/16, Confederation Cup) uHonours: Two Full International caps, Under-17, Under-20 international Career record: SEASON CLUB GAMES GLS 14/15 Bidvest Wits (1 sub only) 0 15/16 Bidvest Wits (1 sub only) 1 16/17 Sporting Lisbon B (Portugal) Did not play Totals: 0 1 Correct as at 14/7/17. League and cup matches. Charity games and friendlies not included.
(Below) Jordan in action for South Africa’s Under-20 national side. Along with Keryn, he also became the first father and son to represent Bafana Bafana when he played in the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup.