SA export reveals Czech nightmare

Players Abroad

South African youngster Ronald Madibi tells the story of how being a foreigner affected his promising career abroad, and reveals which PSL team he is training with now.

The 20-year-old former Polokwane City forward is one of the country's young footballers who had an opportunity to play overseas early in his career.

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Following time abroad in the United States and Czech Republic, he shares the journey he went through as he looks to make a comeback in the PSL.

Check out exclusive pics of Madibi in action on his travels abroad in the gallery above

"I joined Polokwane City reserves in 2014 and I was 15 years old. I played about six or seven matches in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, and I left them in January 2017 when I got the opportunity to go abroad," Madibi tells KickOff.com.

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Madibi played in the same tournament as Manchester United trio Angel Gomez, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, as well as Bukayo Saka of Arsenal.

He further reveals how he landed in America but ended up not making it.

"In USA I played for Cedar Stars Academy, it’s a good programme in the USA and we won the Dallas Cup in 2017," he continues.

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"It’s a big tournament that big clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United also participated in. I was there on a scholarship at St Benedict’s Prep School. It’s ranked first in soccer in the country. We won a few trophies there.

"I was then invited on trials to train with MLS club Philadelphia Union U-23 for about a week and I think I did well on my side, but I was told the number of foreigners they had to keep in the team were about four if I’m not mistaken."

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After America, the Musina-born player had to come back home but did not stay long as he had another offer in Europe which also didn't end well as the club could not afford to sort out his work permit.

"Then last year January I returned home. After three months without a club, I got an offer at Czech Republic third-tier team TJ Jiskra Usti nad Orlici," Madibi adds.

"I played there until the season ended because I only joined the team in March 2019 and I left the club this year in January 2020 due to a work permit crisis.

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"The embassy told me that the club’s budgets wouldn’t qualify to take care of a foreign player."

Madibi reveals that he's been training with GladAfrica Championship side University of Pretoria (TUKS) and is hoping to join the club before the beginning of the 2020/21 season. He wants to finish what he started abroad.

"Yes, I want to go back to Europe. If the opportunity comes, I will surely take it. I've been training with University of Pretoria hoping to get a deal."

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