Anele Ngcongca reveals why he returned to South Africa and joined Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 7 September 2016 Time: 16:15
Mamelodi Sundowns new signing Anele Ngcongca says he knew he was headed to Chloorkop the moment The Brazilians completed the signing of Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Ngcongca recently started training with Sundowns upon his arrival from Europe, where he terminated his contract following a fallout with Genk coach Peter Maes, who he says has "no respect".
The 28-year-old notes that despite interest from Russia and Turkey he was attracted to Sundowns because of Pitso Mosimane and Vilakazi – both of whom he worked with at Bafana Bafana.
“Off course it was the coach [Mosimane], and I saw the team last season winning the league, so everybody wants to be associated with the champions," Ngcongca told reporters at Chloorkop on Wednesday morning.
"Once they signed 'Vila', I knew that I was going to come too because I enjoyed playing with him in Bafana.
"They have Khama [Billiat] and they have [Keagan] Dolly, so my job will be easy as a defender."
The former FC Fortune fullback admits that he is under no illusion of walking straight into the team, but says he will give his all for the team and the jersey.
“I want to achieve what the team wants to achieve, which is to win titles, and as you know I am not an individual player but a team player, and I am willing to work for the jersey of Sundowns," he adds.
"I know it is going to be tough because they have good players. The competition will be tight and I am willing to give it my all.”
Ngcongca also makes it known that Maes (pictured below) – who joined Genk from Lokeren in May last year – was the reason behind the end of his nine-year stay in the Belgian First Division A (formerly known as Jupiler Pro League).
“It was the coach who came from Lokeren, Peter Maes, and that day we had a session and I got a kick on the ankle and felt the pain," he explained.
"Once I felt the pain I stopped training and then he said ‘I thought you Africans are stronger than that,’ and for me that was an insult so I just left the training session and it was finished for me.
"In Europe you cannot do that, but I did it because first of all he never respected me. He came to the team and was supposed to sit down with the players that have been there for a long time and tell us about his philosophy.
"But he never did that so I decided to move on with my life and went to France.
“It was emotional (to leave) because Genk was my second home. They were the ones that gave me a chance and I have won everything in Belgium.
"But at the end of the day it is the boss who calls the shots, and if I was not in his plans then we move on to a new challenge.
"The people there still have respect for me which is why I was in their team of the century and that means a lot. But life goes on.”