By JERRY BARNES
SANDILE “AK 47” has become the shadow of former-self and he is now kicking his heels back in his home city of Pietermaritzburg.
The once Premier Soccer League’s hot property who marked his arrival in the bigger league when he turned for Limpopo side, Dynamos (then in the elite league) in 2004 is so desperate to kick the ball again in a competitive league, so desperate that he has been seen training with minnow clubs as lower as in the third division of this country.
“I am desperate and hungry to see myself in action in a competitive action, but it seems luck has eluded me,” said Ndlovu in an emotional interview with this reporter.
The most travelled Ndlovu was first discovered by Mamelodi Sundowns during then Castle Regional League (now SAB Regional League)National Play-Offs which took place in Richards Bay while playing for Sobantu FC back in 2004.
The young and talented Ndlovu went on to became the Top Goal-Scorer of the tournament, leaving Sundowns scouts with no option but to sign him outright. The club then loaned him to Dynamos where he proved to be a hot property in the league which saw the Brazilians recalling him to the club.
Ndlovu went on to steal the hearts of Sundowns technical team and the fans alike with his magic touches, earning himself the nickname “AK 47” due to his magic feet which used to mesmerized both defenders and goalkeepers alike.
“To be that is like the shattered dream, and all I am looking for is the second chance to prove that I still have what it take to contribute to the country’s football crazy nation,” said the once Bafana Bafana star and PSL’s Top Goal-Scorer.
Despite to have played for a number of clubs which apart from Dynamos and Sundowns include the likes of Moroka Swallows, Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic, Ndlovu told Sports Focus that he was prepared to settle for life in any club irrespective of its division they are campaigning.
“I don’t mind for playing in any club, as long as I can play and have salary so as to take care of my family because life has become difficult when a man of responsibility like myself is not working,” added Ndlovu in an emotional interview who has been been keeping fit by training with clubs campaigning in the once called Vodacom League (now with no sponsorship) such as Maritzburg city, Sobantu Shooting Stars and Brazil.