By JERRY BARNES
THE once popular darling of the elite league star, Siphesihle Ngobese has made peace with the fact that he will never get another chance of shining in this platform.
Ngobese who in his heydays made himself a name at clubs such as Golden Arrows, AmaZulu, Moroka Swallows and Bloemfontein Celtic is now settling for life in the country’s football doldrums in the second division as a player for KwaZulu-Natal side’s Maritzburg City.
The talented star told Sports Focus that joining the Abafana BaseThawini was like going back
home and feel wanted again in his career.
He claims that the Maritzburg outfit is the old home of a lot of players who are now plying their trade in the PSL.
“This is where we most of players started their career and I don’t see any reason why one can’t come home to help the club which made him in the early days,” said Ngobese.
Apart from Ngobese, City has also produced other profiled players such as Mbulelo Mabizela,
Andile Cele, Jimmy Tau, Sandile Ndlovu, Papi Zothwane, Arthur Baartman and Mabhuti just to mention few who went on to make established themselves in the country’s top football ranks.
“Although I’m no longer playing in the top flight, I am greatful that I’m back to my home and help out in the team in its attempt to gain promotion back to NFD,” added Ngobese.
Ngobese also says for him to play in the second division will afford him an opportunity to prove that he still has a lot to offer in the country’s football fraternity while also proving his critics wrong.
“I always make sure to lead by example as the youngsters here look up to me most of the time,” he said.
Ngobese’s stay at Swallows was disturbed by injury sidelined him just as his career was beginning
to blossom at Moroka Swallows.
He last played in the Birds’ 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in Rustenburg in February 2012.
At the time he was featuring regularly in coach Julio Leal’s team.