Ndengane’s Pirates wish finally realised
Defender settles in with dream debut
Alfred Ndengane almost gave up on his transfer to Orlando Pirates ever happening‚ the Buccaneers’ new centreback has said.
The tough-tackling defender is one of the players Pirates registered in November for the CAF Champions League.
Ndengane has revealed that Pirates had shown an interest in signing him for three years‚ but a deal never materialised until finally the defender managed to negotiate a release from his contract from troubled Bloemfontein Celtic in September.
The Buccaneers could only register him this month when the January transfer window period opened.
“The club has been interested in me for some time now – maybe two to three seasons‚ but for whatever reason the deal never happened. To be honest‚ I thought it would never happen‚” he said.
“But look where I am now. I am here and I am pleased to be part of such a big institution.”
Ndengane finally made his Pirates debut‚ impressing with his no-nonsense‚ no-frills approach in Bucs’ 4-2 Absa Premiership win against Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.
“Initially it was frustrating because it is every player’s dream to play. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines for whatever reason but it was also my reality‚” he said.
“After eventually coming to terms with the reality of my situation‚ I decided to make use of the time to familiarise myself with my new surroundings.
“The support I received from my teammates‚ the coaches and even from management was pivotal and encouraged me to be more patient and wait my turn.
“My family have also been very supportive. Without them, I don’t think that I would have been able to deal with the situation of not playing.”
■ Bidvest Wits have signed Phathutshedzo Nange from Black Leopards to register a fourth signing in the opening 10 days of the transfer window.
The 27-year-old has made a strong impression with his driving midfield play in his debut season in the Premier Soccer League and joins the log leaders on a two-year deal.
He has made 11 starts for newly promoted Leopards this season‚ scoring twice‚ including against Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout tie at FNB Stadium in October.
Nange has spent four-and-ahalf seasons with Leopards‚ largely under the radar, in the National First Division.
Alfred Ndengane isnow seeing action.