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Free State Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni to let bygones be bygones

Posted: 7 November 2016 Time: 10:50

Free State Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni prefers not to dwell on the past as his career finally takes off years after making his professional debut.

The Katlehong-born stopper produced penalty shootout heroics against former club Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday as Ea Lla Koto advanced to the Telkom Knockout semi-finals at the expense of Amakhosi.

Ngobeni saved two penalties at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and was rewarded with Man of the Match honours for his display over the course of 120 minutes and beyond.

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Fielding questions from the press subsequent to the game Ngobeni, on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns, was diplomatic when asked why it had taken clubs so long to notice his quality.

"For me that’s is good question but it is also important to leave it in the past and I think at the moment I just need to focus on the opportunities ahead of me," said the 27-year-old.

"There’s still a great career ahead of me and I think I just need to focus and do well with the coach giving me the opportunity, I can only improve and get better. You will never know what’s going to happen, so at the moment I’m happy and I’m not thinking about the past."

Ngobeni also weighed in on the national team's selection criteria as it has appeared in the past that form is not always rewarded by the coach.

The Stars stopper did cite the recent selection of Ronwen Williams, in good form for SuperSport United, as a step in the right direction.

"If the goalkeeper is doing well he has to go to Bafana Bafana," reasoned Ngobeni. "Why not any keeper? I mean you watched Ronwen Williams and he is playing very well also, so there’s a lot of good goalkeepers in the country and I respect that. Given the opportunity I think I will do well."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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