Why Miquissone turned down Chiefs


Former Orlando Pirates defender Tomas Inguane has given approval of his fellow Mozambican countryman Luis Miquissone’s decision to ignore interest from Kaizer Chiefs in opting to join African champions Al Ahly.

Miquissone sealed his move to Pitso Mosimane’s team last night after the Egyptian agreed to the USD900 000 (approximately R14 million) transfer requested by Simba, half of which is being paid immediately with the balance staggered.

He will now link up with Mosimane again at the start of the new Egyptian season having previously worked with the former Bafana Bafana coach at Mamelodi Sundowns from where he was then loaned out to Chippa United and Royal Eagles.

"For him it was going to be difficult psychologically after what he experienced in South Africa where he never made it and has no good memories about the country," Inguane tells KickOff.com about Miquissone’s decision.

At Al Ahly, the 26-year-old will vastly improve on what he was earning in Tanzania. 

"In his head there were so many things negative about South Africa so that is why he preferred to join Al Ahly. I don’t think he will ever want to come back to South Africa. In any case in choosing to go to Al Ahly it is to the biggest club in Africa, so it is good for him. Any person in his position would have done the same thing that he did. He has a good four-year deal now and whatever he was earning at Simba will obviously be better at Al Ahly and he is deserving of all of this because of what he did in the Champions League especially in the game against Al Ahly. He will now be playing Champions League for a team aiming to win the trophy so he will improve his game as well.

"In South Africa I think they looked at his body and underestimated him as being small and young which is unfortunate, yet he is just as talented as Elias Pelembe who was once the best player in the PSL. Luis could be shorter but what I know is that height doesn’t play football. At Pirates we had Tso Vilakazi and Duku Duku Makhanya who were short but could play better than those older than them," says Inguane.

Miquissone – currently at home ion Tete – was a top performer for Simba in the Champions League and will be the first Mozambican at Al Ahly.

Simba have already replaced Miquissone with Malawian Peter Banda.

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