Jabu Mahlangu: I know how drugs can destroy careers

Jabu Mahlangu: I know how drugs can destroy careers

Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend Jabu Mahlangu is continuing his good fight against drug abuse in the communities, so to help youngsters avoid the mistakes he committed.

Mahlangu was part of a group of football legends who played at the CPC-Diski99 “Stop Drug Abuse” tournament at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein this past weekend. 

Arguably the best football talent to have come from Chiefs in the last 25 years, Mahlangu reveals why it is important for him to be in the forefront of this fight against drugs.

"I'm also honoured and would like to thank CPC and Diski 99 for this campaign to 'Say No To Drugs', because it's a campaign that's close to my heart," said 'Shuffle'.

"As we all know my life story, I was a victim of drugs in my life at some point, and a victim of alcohol abuse, so it's a great initiative."

At the height of his footballing career, Mahlangu, then known as Jabu Pule, committed a lot of mistakes off the field with his random escapades, which cost Chiefs league and cup titles as he was a key influence in their team. 

Mahlangu, who scored on debut both for club and national team, also played at the 2000 Olympic Games and 2002 FIFA World Cup, within only three years of being promoted to professional football.  

For the 43-year-old, it’s a no-brainer to be involved in an initiative like this.

"I know how drugs can destroy careers, I know how drugs can destroy families, and I know how drugs can destroy friendships, so I'm very happy to be part of this great initiative," he added.

"Guys, let's try and say no to drugs! Drugs is not the way to go. Drugs is not the solution in any problem that you have! And yeah man, it was an amazing day."

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