Over the fu­ture of Baden­horst

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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.

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