Dino: Khune gave me his boots


The Maccabi Haifa marksman is not part of the squad to play Mozambique tonight as a result of the shoulder injury, but he is currently in South Africa and the 22-year-old took time out to chat to KickOff.com about the days prior to him making his debut for the national team in the 1-0 loss to Brazil on Friday at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo.

"For me, it was an honour to make my debut and I want to thank the coach (Gordon Igesund) for showing confidence in me. I was happy. It was a good feeling playing for my country, though it was cut short," he says.

Ndlovu will on Wednesday undergo a scan on his dislocated shoulder at the Rosebank clinic in Jozi to ascertain the extent of the injury, before returning to Israel.

The former Sundowns and Celtic striker has, in the meantime, relived the tough week leading to the Brazil clash; he suffered a concussion playing for Maccabi Haifa and he was kept waiting in Israel due to lack of flights to South America. As if that was not enough, he was told on Tuesday (September 4), the day he finally travelled, that his luggage had gone missing at the airport.

"I was told the luggage was missing so I went to Brazil without it. I arrived on Wednesday morning after a 16-hour flight so I was fatigued, but I had to join the guys for breakfast and we went to training later.

"But I had no boots, because I didn't have my luggage. So Itumeleng Khune borrowed me his boots for two training sessions and luckily, my luggage was found before the match. But then I got injured after just 30 minutes," he laments.

"But the most important thing for me is that I played for my country and I hope I will play more matches for Bafana in future," Ndlovu adds.