Pule tackles his demons head-on
Pule tackles his demons head-on

Posted in News on Nov 03, 2002.

Six weeks of rehabilitation from alcohol and drug abuse addiction have gone and Kaizer Chiefs dribbling wizard Jabu Pule is back to the Amakhosi camp as of Monday.

Following much anxiety and speculation about his progress at the rehabilitation center, Pule made a public statement and answered questions from the media for the first time this morning at a briefing session held at the club’s head quarters, Chiefs Village in Naturena.

Jabu Pule was thankful to the club management, in particular, chairman Kaizer Motaung and team manager Bobby Motaung and his family for the support given to him during his troubled times. Visibly happy with an improved positive self- esteem, Pule stressed how he learned to deal with his personal problems instead of ducking and diving by resorting to abuse of chemical substances such as alcohol and drugs.

"I thank all those around me especially the Kaizer Chiefs family, for their love and support. The six weeks at the rehab center provided me with an opportunity to discover a lot about myself as an individual and the fact that in life you live just once, with no opportunity to make mends the second time around because there is no second time around," said Pule, the 2001 Coca-Cola Cup Flair Player of the tournament.

"I have been missing the game, in particular the Coca Cola Cup games but I want to praise the team and technical staff for the progress thus far, and as soon as I regain full fitness, I think I have so much to contribute to the club to make sure we retain the Cup. I will always remember all the people that have been working with me at the rehab and fortunately I will still be seeing some of them during my two weeks of the after care program. I thank Bro Hugh (Hugh Masekela) and his organization, MAAPSA-Musicians and Artists Assistance Program of South Africa for their support," said Pule.

Shortly after Pule was admitted to the Rehabilitation center, his club Kaizer Chiefs received positive reactions on how the issue was handled.

Club Chairman, Kaizer Motaung endorsed the club’s management style and vision.

"Our players are a key asset in our business and no big company would ignore its assets and hope to achieve its goals and objectives. We will go out of our way to assist our players with personal and social problems for optimum output that will ensure that all our stake-holders, especially our supporters are happy. We have gone through thick and thin with Jabu’s experience and we are pleased that we were able to rescue him from possible career terminating habits.

"Obviously there are support systems that go with his return and we will stop at nothing to make sure the desired support is still maximized. Role models with similar experiences like Hugh Masekela who played a crucial part in Jabu’s case should be thanked for their intervention in putting together similar programmes that will benefit other fellow South Africans," said Motaung.

Pule’s two weeks "after care" programme includes visits to the center for more interaction with his counselors, whilst he will continue with his training programme. A personalized fitness schedule has already been put in place to assist Pule to regain full fitness and sooner the millions of Amakhosi supporters will see Jabu in action.

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