NFD starlet targets European move
Posted: 5 September 2018 Time: 12:00
Ubuntu Cape Town FC midfielder Jesse Donn admits he’s pushing for the “next level” in his career, but is happy to play the waiting game until the right move presents himself.
Having come through the academy structures at Ubuntu, the 19-year-old broke through into the first team last season, featuring in 12 league games while turning heads in his three Nedbank Cup appearances as the First Division underdogs impressed on their way to the quarter-finals, where Donn was named Man of the Match despite his side’s loss to eventual champions Free State Stars.
The South Africa Under-20 international, who has started all three games for his side this season, admits his dream is to take his career to the next level, but is more than happy to bide his time in achieving his ultimate goal.
“My dream is to go to Europe,” he tells KickOff.com. “I think most footballers dream of going there, but you have to understand that doesn’t happen in one day. Sometimes your route is different to another person’s route: you might play in the NFD and go to Europe, or play NFD then six seasons in the PSL, and then only go to Europe. I’m open to the next step in my life, but I really want to be pushing for the next level.”
Donn refuses to rule out a future PSL move, if it is conducive to bringing him a step closer to his European ambition.
“I don’t want to say I want a PSL move or a move to Europe, I just want to move on … I think any progress is still progress,” he says. “Moving to the PSL is obviously not as big a step as moving to Europe, but I understand that this is a step I might need to take to get to Europe. I’m definitely open to moving to the PSL, if the right offer comes along. Not many PSL teams trust youngsters, so I have to be careful in the decisions I make, but hopefully by the end of the season I might have a few PSL offers to consider.”
Donn says he is fully focused on the current season, where he looks to push on from last year and make a solid contribution in his team.
“I’d really like to cement my position,” he says. “I played 13 or 14 games last season, but this season I really want to play an integral role and play at least 80% of the games, hopefully contribute to a good Nedbank Cup run again, and then move on from there.”
Ubuntu have lost their first three games of the 2018/19 campaign, and are next in action away at newcomers TS Galaxy on Sunday, 16 September.