Shep­pard: Morena will come back a bet­ter player

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FOR­MER Mamelodi Sun­downs and Wits wing-back, Dil­lon Shep­pard, was down and out af­ter a hor­rific in­jury he suf­fered dur­ing his time with the Brazil­ians but he bounced back with a bang fol­low­ing his re­cov­ery and that’s why he has no doubt that Thapelo Morena will over­come his set­back.

Morena is out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter he frac­tured his an­kle in the Ned­bank Cup last 32 tus­sle with Su­perS­port United.

Shep­pard, who now coaches Wits’ Diski Chal­lenge team, be­lieves that pos­i­tiv­ity is key to Morena’s re­cov­ery.

“All I can say to Morena is be pos­i­tive,’ Shep­pard said.

“If I go back to my in­jury, it was all about the neg­a­tive news that I might not play again or he will never play again at Sun­downs but I sur­rounded my­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple,” Shep­pard said af­ter his team beat High­lands Park 1-0 at Mpumalanga Sta­dium to close the gap be­tween them­selves and Sun­downs at the top of the re­serve league stand­ings.

Iron­i­cally, Shep­pard just like Morena was also on the books of Sun­downs when he suf­fered a hor­ri­ble in­jury against Free State Stars in 2007.

“He is at a great club, Sun­downs. When I was there, Sun­downs looked af­ter me very well med­i­cally,” Shep­pard said.

“They had to close down the hos­pi­tal in Kim­ber­ley be­cause the fans came to see me.

“He is at a good club that is go­ing to look af­ter him.”

Morena’s in­jury is not only a mas­sive blow to Sun­downs but also for Bafana Bafana.

Bafana coach, Molefi Nt­seki, has ad­mit­ted that the in­jury to the right-back is bad news for the na­tional team.

Shap­pard re­mains hope­ful that Morena will re­turn to the field of play.

“There’s no rea­son why he can’t be back,” Shap­pard said.

“He is go­ing to be even bet­ter. These kinds of things are not nice, but they are ex­pe­ri­ences that can pre­pare you men­tally and make you stronger.”

Dil­lon Shep­pard

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