Chenene offers advice to Ngezana

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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Bennett Chenene has advised defender Mzokhona Ngezana not to return from Ivory Coast to play in South Africa.

Ngezana, who is the older brother of Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga, has made a great impression at Williamsville Athletic Club since signing on a six-month deal in January.

The 27-year-old was recruited to Williamsville through Chenene after the PSL veteran spotted him during a festive season tournament in Vaal.

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Chenene believes Ngezana, who is also a centre-back like his more famous sibling, has all that it takes to play in Europe.

"I spotted him during a festive tournament in Vaal. I didn't even know he was a brother to Siyabonga Ngezana. I was just impressed about his talent," Chenene tells KickOff.com.

"We were conceding goals at the club. We would lead and then concede. We would win 2-1 or 3-2. We needed to fix our defence so I spoke to the club to recommend the young man.

"I called him and sold him the idea of coming here. He applied for a Visa and the rest is history."

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After shelving his earlier football ambitions to take care of the family by working as a bus technician, Ngezana only restarted his career in 2018 following his brother's success at Naturena.

"He has made a huge impression since arriving here. He has grabbed this chance with both hands. He has shown great character to succeed," Chenene says.

"I spoke to him about the advantages of playing in Ivory Coast. Many players from Ivory Coast are playing in Europe as compared to South Africa.

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"Most players from Ivory Coast don't need international caps to qualify to play in Europe so this is a ticket for him to go to Europe rather than thinking of coming back to play in South Africa.

"I hope his success can open opportunities for other South Africans who have a dream of playing in Europe. I am not a selfish person. I am ready to help even though I cannot help everybody."

Chenene, 36, and Ngezana are the only South Africans plying their trade in Ivory Coast.

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