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Polokwane City striker Thobani Mncwango discusses failed Orlando Pirates move

Posted: 3 October 2016 Time: 10:08

Polokwane City striker Thobani Mncwango admits it wasn't easy to regain his focus after narrowly missing out on a move to Orlando Pirates.

Mncwango was linked to Pirates after hitting 13 league goals in 29 appearances last season.

However, the 28-year-old ended up staying at City, and has continued to garner attention with two goals in five outings this term. 

"I can safely say I was ready to move to Pirates. I thought when I went home during the off-season I had this in me because my hopes were high on the back of my performance last season," Mncwango tells

"When I found out that I'm not joining them I started to have strange feelings but I was quick to overcome that. I realised that when I was alone that if I don't play I will be denting my career. That realisation helped me to overcome that. But I can assure you it was not easy and it wasn't easy for me to focus."

The former Baroka FC man adds that some of his teammates helped him come back strong, resulting in another national call-up for the 2018 World Cup qualifier with Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on Saturday.

"I had other people around me, senior players who knew my problem, after the break speak to me, especially for the first game against Cape Town City," he says.

"So I decided and I thought to myself that if the move does happen in the near future let me just focus on my football.

"And that has helped me a lot and I have continued to play my football. I have now overcame my challenges and you can see I got a call-up for Bafana Bafana again."

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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