Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Josta Dladla says has shared valuable advice with South African youngster Gift Links who has followed in his footsteps by joining Danish out Aarhus.
Dladla spent three seasons at Aarhus during his playing career and believes it is of utmost importance that Links doesn't give up in a city that he admitted its easy to get 'homesick and lonely' in.
“It’s important that he carries himself well because that is how the Danish will judge South African players who will follow in his footsteps," Dladla was quoted as saying by SunSport.
"If I had given the club issues during my time there, they most likely wouldn’t have taken a chance on any other South African player after me.
“The Danish Superliga is actually a nice league to play in, but isn’t always the easiest. Aarhus are a nice team which always embrace young talent. People were looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the team, that’s for sure.”
“Gift was always going to encounter a few hardships but the most important thing was for him not to give up. He needed to take his time and get comfortable, and it will show on the field,” Dladla added.
“Aarhus is a very small city and you do the same things over and over again, which can get lonely and a player can easily get homesick but he needs to stay there and focus on his game.
“He is not the biggest player, but he has been blessed with skill and plenty of pace. He is good at using that speed to trouble defenders. Those Scandinavian players are huge and they don’t like people running at them.”