Dino Ndlovu: Bafana Bafana striker makes Chinese Super League vow after promotion disappointment
Posted: 4 February 2019 Time: 18:23
Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu has made a vow to play in the Chinese Super League and reflected on the heartbreaking end to the season with Zhejiang Greentown.
Ndlovu, 28, emerged as one of the leading attackers in the Chinese League One as the fifth highest scorer with 19 goals in 24 outings as his side narrowly missed out on promotion by two points in a thrilling end of season finale.
Having only missed three games through injury, the robust Ndlovu, who enjoyed a UEFA Champions League group stage campaign with his former side Qarabağ has pledged to remain with his current club and repay the faith they've afforded him since his reported R10.2 million switch from the Azerbaijani giants.
"I have never been so well received in my team career, there were a lot of expectations that I had, I answered, and I exceeded them," he told Xinhua.
"I want to improve every year but I especially want to take Greentown to the Chinese Super League this season."
On the disappointing ending of the 2018 campaign, after maintaining their place in the promotion spot for most of the season, the former Maccabi Haifa star conceded it was a learning curve for the youthful squad with an average age of just 22.
"I was so sad after all the work we had invested in this season," Ndlovu, who broke the club's record scoring tally for a single season explained.
"It made me ask myself a lot of questions, I had to accept that we were still a young team in the league, but this year we have more experience, and our goal is to qualify."
The Chinese second-tier recommences on the 9 March and runs until 2 November.