Ndlovu anx­ious to help Zhe­jiang earn pro­mo­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By XINHUA

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — South African striker Dino Ndlovu has vowed to help Zhe­jiang Green­town win pro­mo­tion to the Chi­nese Su­per League this sea­son af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out last term.

Ndlovu told Xinhua he felt a lot of pres­sure when he joined Green­town in 2018. How­ever, he quickly es­tab­lished him­self in the side, hit­ting the net 19 times in 24 matches and miss­ing just three games due to in­jury.

“I had the best wel­come ever in my en­tire ca­reer from the team. I had lots of ex­pec­ta­tions which I met and even sur­passed,” said the 28-year-old.

Ndlovu faced lan­guage chal­lenges ini­tially and still strug­gles to speak Man­darin, but he has learned the ba­sics and can un­der­stand some lines.

He said play­ing in China has taught him about re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­spect for other peo­ple’s cul­tures. Last year, Hangzhou-based Green­town fin­ished just two points off the pro­mo­tion places.

South Africa in­ter­na­tional Ndlovu said he was dis­ap­pointed with that out­come but is de­ter­mined to make amends this year. “I was so heart­bro­ken about all the work that we had put in the whole sea­son and it made me ques­tion a lot of things,” he said.

“I had to ac­cept that we had a very young team and this year we are much more ex­pe­ri­enced and the man­date is pro­mo­tion.”

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