Still happy at home

2018-07-10 17:05
Maritzburg United and Bafana Bafana star Siphesihle Ndlovu has commented on recent speculation about his future, saying ‘it is flattering’ but that he is happy at the local club.

Maritzburg United and Bafana Bafana star Siphesihle Ndlovu has commented on recent speculation about his future, saying ‘it is flattering’ but that he is happy at the local club. (Gallo images)

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Young Maritzburg United talent Siphesihle Ndlovu said he is flattered by interest from some of the big guns in the Absa Premiership but insisted he is happy at his hometown club.

The 21-year-old versatile player has consolidated his reputation since joining the club’s senior team in 2016 as one of the Absa Premiership’s best midfielders, putting in a number of impressive displays for both club and country.

“It’s flattering to see things like that and can only mean you’re playing well. But my objective since I started here was to grow as a player and a person.

“I feel settled and my family is very happy. Right now my only objective is to continue with Maritzburg,” said Ndlovu.

The prodigy from KwaMpumuza in Pietermaritzburg, who won the Young Player of the Season and Midfielder of the Season awards at the 2017/18 PSL Awards ceremony, said that he had noted reports linking him with a move away from the club and has discussed that with his coach Fadlu Davids.

While he admitted that he has been flattered by the alleged interest from the likes of Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits, he made it clear that he remained focused on the Team of Choice and will not allow such talk to “distract” him.

“There will always be rumours and speculations but I just have to treat it as that.

“The coach has always been reminding us to control our thinking and not let anything being reported in the media affect us in any way.”

When asked if there had been teams trying to lure him, the exciting young talent refused to be drawn into speculation, saying at this stage he will only consider offers from abroad.

“As a player you have to be mature enough to take that step because a lot could go wrong if you rush such things. I don’t think I am ready yet to leave for another club, especially from South Africa. I still need to prove myself here, be the best player, midfielder.”

On their plans for the coming campaign, Ndlovu said: “The team had a great season last term but it is time now to set new targets and I know there are a lot of things we need to work on.

“I know a lot of people are going to be watching us.”

Meanwhile, the prolific player said his success in South African football is down to a combination of him being at his peak and the Midlands club’s style of play.

He believes that his recent participation in the Bafana Bafana camp will come in handy for the “Men in Blue”.

“It’s obviously a privilege and honour for any player to play for the national team. As a child I always dreamt about it but I did not think it would happen so soon. I still pinch myself to check if I am not dreaming.

“It’s all God’s plan and I hope that I can continue to learn from my experienced team-mates and grow as a player. 

In his second season as a professional player, Ndlovu made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals for the local club that finished fourth in the league and got into two Cup finals, for the first time in its history.

Now, as The Witness reported on Monday, the local club are understood to be on the verge of adding two new midfielders to their squad in Keagan Buchanan and Justice Figuareido from Swaziland.

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