“I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE LOSS OF MY FA­THER, SO I THINK IT DID COME OUT THROUGH FOOT­BALL.”

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“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.

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