Ekstein opens door to Chiefs return


New Sabail FK signing Hendrick Ekstein says he would still welcome a move back to current Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the future.

The 29-year-old has moved back to Azerbaijan after making it clear that his immediate priority during the January transfer window was staying in Europe.

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However, he still has a soft spot in his heart for Amakhosi and would not hesitate to return in the future despite parting ways in April 2019 after failing to reach an agreement over a new contract.

"Ja I wouldn't have a problem going back," Ekstein tells KickOff.com.

"But if they call me now and say I must come I won't be able to go now because I want to be overseas.

"You know, me and the guys [Chiefs players] will always be friends. Not to say I was fighting the team, no. Even now I don't have a problem with the team.

"That's why before I left I went to The Village to tell them I'm leaving. I went to see the chairman [Kaizer Motaung], but the chairman was not there. So we didn't have amakwaal [grudges] or anything. I'm not fighting the team.

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"I even went to the stadium to watch the team play because I wasn't doing anything. So I've got no problem with the team."

Ekstein touched on missing out on last season's Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy following his release by Chiefs.

"[Laughs] Hey you see on that one, yoh! That was my dream eintlik, you see. It's something I also wanted. That's why after what happened I didn't have any problem, but my aim was to play in that final."

The player also explains why he decided to cut short his stay with Sabah FK after penning a two-year deal at the start of July last year.

"A new coach arrived. I think there were three games left so I couldn't play in those three games... okay, I played in those three games five minutes, ten minutes, the last game I played five minutes, so the coach decided he won't use me," he explains.

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"So the chairman called me and told me those things then I said to the chairman I need to play, I can't sit [on the bench], it's better I terminate the contract. Then they wanted me to stay.

"I said no I can't stay because it's obvious that the coach needs to play me. I said I'm here to play football not just to be on the bench... if I'm doing well, why am I sitting on the bench?"

In his 13 appearances in Azerbaijan, the talented attacker scored three goals and created four.