Throwback Thursday: Sandile Ndlovu
Posted: 29 March 2018 Time: 01:09 pm
Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Sandile 'AK 47' Ndlovu will be remembered as one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier Soccer League era.
Ndlovu arrived at Sundowns in 2003 as a 23-year-old before being loaned out to Dynamos in 2004, and he went onto make his name at the Giyani based club.
Ndlovu battled for the golden boot award with Collins Mbesuma in 2004/05, but he was not able to keep up with Kaizer Chiefs’ Zambian striker who scored 35 goals in all competitions.
"I played for Dynamos, Sundowns, [Moroka] Swallows, [Bloemfontein] Celtic and Maritzburg United. I played two seasons at Swallows and that was my first time playing for a team for two full seasons. But I also enjoyed myself at Sundowns and at Dynamos," Ndlovu tells KickOff.com.
"Roses United was my last team, it was 2012. Teams were no longer interested in me."
Ndlovu says he does not envy what current players are earning. He was satisfied with the money he was getting back then.
"No, no, no, the money that we used to get those days was great. Yes I agree these boys are earning a lot of money and they drive Austin Martins but even for us the Golf 4s and Gti's were top cars in our days, so the money we earned was good for those days. Even the money these boys earn today is good for the current economy.
“I fully enjoyed my time and the money I used to get made me happy, I don't have a problem, and I am not jealous of these boys because bread in our days was R5 and now bread is R15.”
Ndlovu feels would be earning around R300 000 if he was still playing, because of the quality he had.
"During my playing days I think there was a time where I deserved big money, but unfortunately contracts were binding me."
Besides being involved in football development, Ndlovu is self-employed in Pietermaritzburg, where he owns a fast food business, which he will be extending.
"Besides coaching I have my own business. I will be adding a car wash very soon at the shop, it's some sort of a restaurant that sells fast food. I built this place while I was still playing, so I can't say I was not happy with what I was earning because I built this place with that money, you see?
“I'm staying in Mbali in Pietermaritzburg, I bought a house here and I'm staying with my mother and my siblings. I'm also coaching Phenduka FC in the [ABC] Motsepe league. I've got a Sandile Ndlovu Development Programme which has boys from under-11, but I'm still looking for sponsors for my development [programme]. I don't have any sponsors and it's been three years now."