Ndlovu reveals where mentality changed

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The PSL Midfielder of the Season and PSL Young Player of the Season started gaining attention at Maritzburg City before being picked up by The Team of Choice at youth level.

He was promoted to the senior side by then-coach Ernst Middendorp at the beginning of 2016/17, and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise in South African football.

"The SAB League means so much to me because I've played in it several times. I played in 2013, 2014, it is where I started to believe in myself. It is where my mind changed from an amateur to be a professional," Ndlovu said at the launch of the SAB League National Championship in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.

"I didn't start to be a professional player when I signed for Maritzburg United. So my message and the only thing I can say to those youngsters [set to take part in the competition] is that they must believe in themselves.

"Playing in this tournament is not just for playing, because it is also exposure. Because when you play there are some scouts, some people watching.

"So I'd say they must believe and do whatever they are required to do 100 percent," concluded the 21-year-old.

The SAB League National Championship, won by Gauteng last year with a victory over 2016 winners USSA, will be played at Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium from July 17 to 22.

Group A contains Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, while Group B comprises USSA, Limpopo, Western Cape, North West and Eastern Cape.