Over the future of Badenhorst
language and the lifestyle in general was completely alien.
“But I knew that I had to adapt and to showcase my talents as well as indicate to the Congolese that there are other players who were perhaps even more talented than I was. But I think things just did not work out as expected.”
The contract was terminated after a single season by mutual consent and the player indicated he wished to return to his original club Mbabane Swallows.
But evidently coach Florent Ibenge, who also doubled up as national coach, was reluctant to let go of the gangling midfielder CHELSEA star Victor Moses has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country.
Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-group levels.
He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in back-to-back matches against Cameroon this month that moved Nigeria closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
But the Chelsea wing-back said he was disappointed by the insinuations he does not always want to play for his country.
“Yes, everyone says that I select games. I have heard it myself,” he told Nigerian radio.
“But it is what it is. I never run away from challenges. I love to play football, why would I run away from playing football? That is what we are meant to do,” he said.
“But people keep saying that I choose games for Nigeria... But I need to clear the air now, that is not true.
“If I have got an injury, I have got an injury. Whenever I want to play for Nigeria, I must be 100 percent, I want to give everything. But if I have got an injury, I don’t want to force myself because I am going to look stupid on the pitch.” – Reuters; Picture: BackpagePix
depth and counter-attack with speed and stealth.
As Mosimane seeks a route past the Wydad “wall”, he has presumably watched many times a video of Zamalek firing four unanswered goals past the Moroccans in a semi-final first leg last year. Key players: Percy Tau (Sundowns) and Achraf Bencharki (Wydad) and hoped he could persuade him to stay.
There followed protracted negotiations between the parties, ending with AS Vita allegedly demanding compensation of an unspecified amount of cash, which Swallows paid the Kinshasa outfit almost three months ago.
“However, the ITC was not forthcoming from AS Vita,” said Swallows team manager Sandile Zwane.
“We got to a stage where we felt Vita was undermining us and we wrote a letter of complaint to Fifa.”
When contacted to enquire what was holding up the ITC, AS Vita – known as the Black Dolphins – secretary general Fumi Salumi went into a tirade in French and said he did not understand English, even though Swallows were adamant he understood the language perfectly.
This week, Badenhorst was registered and could start playing for the Mbabane champions after missing the Charity Cup tournament and the opening league match against Young Buffaloes last week as he could not be registered.