Mzokhona Ngezana provides insight into why players from Ivory Coast succeed more often in getting to Europe – a valuable lesson PSL players can learn.
The Sebokeng-born defender, who is the older brother of Kaizer Chiefs star Siyabonga, joined former Orlando Pirates midfielder Bennett Chenene in Ivory Coast earlier this year to play for Williamsville Athletic in Abidjan.
Check out some pics of the Ngezana brothers together below!
The 27-year-old has since settled in very well in his new team, where he has become a regular feature in the starting line-up.
Ngezana admits Côte d'Ivoire has educated him in terms of discipline and dedication to the beautiful game.
"I have learnt a lot since arriving here about discipline. The level of discipline [amongst players] is high. Their dedication to the game is very impressive," Ngezana tells KickOff.com.
"Now I see why they have a lot of players playing overseas. It's because of their work-rate. They work so hard inside the field and in training sessions. Even during off days they still put a lot of work in training. They push hard.
"I am grateful to get an opportunity to play here and learn different things outside my country and see how other people survive.
"The other thing I also learnt here is that most of the players are not educated and so they take soccer as their first priority because they don't have other plans to look after their families. That's why they go all out and work so hard in football."
The former electrical technician is also hoping to realise his dream of playing in Europe one day.
"It was Bennett Chenene that attracted me to come and play here. He is an experienced player and played for big teams in South Africa," Ngezana adds.
"I also checked that Ivory Coast is amongst the African countries that has a lot of players that play in Europe.
"The likes of Kolo [Toure], [Didier] Drogba and Yaya Toure are all from Ivory Coast. That's another thing that attracted me to come and play here."
Chenene is like a true baller in Ivory Coast, see below!