Bafana defender signs three-year deal with Downs
Anele Ngcongca yesterday admitted he had been speaking to coach Pitso Mosimane for some time before sealing his move to Mamelodi Sundowns and ending weeks of speculation about his talks with the Chloorkop club.
The 28-year-old felt it was time to come back home after spending nine years in Europe, playing in Belgium for eight years before spending one season at Troyes in the French Ligue 1.
The Bafana Bafana right back, who was unveiled on transfer deadline day yesterday, has signed a three-year deal with an option to renew and is Sundowns’ sixth signing as they strengthen their squad for the demanding campaign ahead.
Sundowns will not be able to include him in their Caf Champions League squad because registrations for players has closed, but he should play a key role domestically.
“I have been speaking to the coach for quite a long time and I also raised my point that it is time to come back home.
“He said if I want to come home, then I should know that there is a home called Sundowns,” Ngcongca said yesterday.
“I thought about it, spoke to my family and I decided to come.”
Ngcongca gives Mosimane the option of playing him at right back or in central defence.
His leadership and experience will also be important for the defending league champions.
- New Bidvest Wits signing Sifiso Myeni will be played as a winger, even though he has previously stated that he enjoys playing in a central role behind the strikers.
This is according to Wits coach Gavin Hunt, who has urged the former Orlando Pirates man to prove his worth and make an immediate impact on his return to the Clever Boys.
Myeni, who left Wits in 2011 to join the Buccaneers, has signed a three-year deal with Wits after he was deemed surplus to requirements and put on the transfer list by the Soweto giants.
He did not quite live up to expectations at Pirates, but some of the injuries he sustained also made it difficult for him to progress.
He made 29 appearances domestically last season, recording five goals and four assists.
“He became available to us and we needed another winger, so we made the signing. I see him more as a winger but times change and we will see how things go,” Hunt, who has built a team good enough to win the league title on paper, said.
“Hopefully, he makes an impact. I think he has a lot to prove and this is a great opportunity for him [to revive his career].”
Ajax Cape Town were also interested in signing the 28-year-old as coach Roger de Sa eyed a reunion with the player, but there were issues about relocating.
Myeni’s agent, Mike Makaab, said yesterday: “I am thrilled that he is back home. He had a fantastic time at Pirates and I would like to thank the chairman Irvin Khoza for collaborating and processing the transfer.
“A number of clubs were interested and Ajax was one of them. The difficulty was to relocate [to Cape Town] because Sifiso is a family man.”
Before leaving to join Pirates, Myeni was hot property and helped Wits win the Nedbank Cup in 2010, their maiden title in the PSL era.
- Platinum Stars have officially confirmed the re-signing of Luvolwethu Mpeta on loan from SuperSport United‚ as well as the arrival for a second season of striker Bongi Ntuli.
Mpeta will add to the left back options of coach Cavin Johnson.
The 26-year-old left Stars for SuperSport in January last year‚ having 18 months earlier been part of the side that lifted the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout trophies.
He started only half of SuperSport’s matches last season though, and after the club brought in Keagan Ritchie and Onismor Bhasera‚ has been allowed to leave on loan.
Stars also confirmed yesterday that Ntuli would be returning for a second loan season.
The 25-year-old forward spent the last campaign in the North West‚ scoring six goals in 16 starts.
Stars started their season with a 1-0 league win over SuperSport‚ but were well beaten 2-0 by Chippa United in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 last Saturday.