DURBAN - The story of former Bidvest Wits midfield maestro, Papy Faty is inspirational and educational. Faty has signed a two-year deal with the National First Division outfit Real Kings.
The diminutive midfielder from Burundi was once on the radar of Orlando Pirates when he was in devastating form for the Clever Boys. Two seasons ago, health problems struck and his contract at Wits was not renewed. Given his diagnosis with a heart condition, no club seemed to want to be associated with Faty. As a result he disappeared from football for two years.
“I’ve been out for two seasons without playing football. I had to be mentally strong. I nearly quit football. I lost love my for football, I didn’t want to play anymore. Reports about my condition were killing my mind. I knew that I wasn’t seriously sick like people were putting it. My mom told me to keep the faith because I left school to play football. She told me to push myself and get myself to work once again,” Faty said.
Faty was at his best in the KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup this past weekend. He scored two goals in two matches and showed signs of the old Faty who was adored by the masses in South Africa.
“My family motivated me. They kept me going. The past two years have been challenging for me. I was at the point where I wanted to what I love the most. It wasn’t easy. It was never easy. Even Andres Iniesta cried when he left Barcelona. It is because of the passion that he had for the club. I was also emotional,” Faty elaborated.