Ngobese concerned about publicity


The Kwazulu Natal-born Ngobese says reports that he, Ntokozo Sikhakhane and Lucky Mzizi were put on transfer by Bloemfontein Celtic due to a lack of discipline were completely untrue.

“That is all not true. I was never involved in any wrong-doing and my behaviour at Phunya Sele Sele was always good,” he tells

“I wonder if the media is aware of what effect these bad stories that they write have on me and my family. Reports like these can destroy a player’s future.”

Ngobese began his professional career on a high note at Golden Arrows and quickly graduated to the national Under-23 squad, but the fame took its toll and he was soon labelled as one South Africa’s bad boys in Amaglug-glug.

Ngobese openly admits that he had problems at that stage of his life.

“I had just won myself a contract in the PSL and the fame of being with Amaglug-glug went to my head. The people I was associating with didn’t help matters either.”

“Then I moved to AmaZulu, but things didn’t improve so I went back home and did a lot of soul-searching. I realised that I was destroying my future. Luckily, I got a break and was able to join Celtic.”

Ngobese also tells that there was an agreement in place that he can join Swallows even before he moved to Phunya Sele Sele.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Swallows and be part of the success there. With the kind of players in their squad, I believe the Birds have a good chance of winning the Premiership title.”

Swallows’ defender Tebogo Monyai says he is happy that he will be wearing the same jersey as Ngobese this season.

“He has shown great potential since joining us at training. Not only is he talented, but he works hard. I think he is a great signing for us.”

Since arriving in Johannesburg, Ngobese has opted to stay alone.

“I don't want to stay with lot of friends because it could lead to problems. It is enough that I have Sandile Ndlovu around to keep me company when we are not playing,” he adds.