Mike Makaab says Anele Ngcongca still in his prime following Sundowns move
Posted: 1 September 2016 Time: 16:51
Anele Ngcongca's representative Mike Makaab tells KickOff.com that his client joined Mamelodi Sundowns over several other options because he is still highly ambitious.
The 28-year-old was unveiled by Sundowns on a three-year deal yesterday to complete an impressive transfer window for Pitso Mosimane.
Ngcongca will seamlessly fill the void left by the departure of former captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele to Kaizer Chiefs.
Makaab argues that Ngcongca has not come back because he was “homesick” as was reported in the Belgian media, but rather because he is still in his prime and aiming to win trophies.
“Well, I think Ngcongca has done us proud in Europe and he has been there over a decade. And he has been one of the most consistent players in Europe in his position at right-full-back,” Makaab tells KickOff.com.
“He was selected as the right-full-back in the team of the century at Racing Genk alongside players like goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois [now of Chelsea], striker Kevin de Bruyne [now of Manchester City] and Romelu Lukaku [now of Everton].
“So when you are regarded that highly, and you have been playing at the same club at the highest level, then when you come back after that, it's not actually coming back home but it's actually furthering your career.
“Anele said to me he didn't want to come back as a washed-out player, he wanted to come back as a player that was still in his prime. That is the reason why Anele has come back.”
Makaab says Sundowns showed exhilarating reasons why Ngcongca should join them and that coming back was not about money.
“I think for him it was about the club that showed the most interest in him, I have to be honest with you,” he adds.
“And I have to tell you, what he was earning in Belgium was a lot more than what he’s going to be earning here.
“This wasn't about the money, this was about him coming home and playing for the team that had the ambitions and that wants to win trophies. Hopefully he can assist them in time to come to be the best team in Africa.
“So those were inviting reasons why Anele decided to come back to South Africa.”