Konqobe: Why I changed my mind


Chippa United's new signing Ayabulela Konqobe has revealed what made him change his mind about returning to the PSL after vowing to stay in Europe.

The former junior national team captain has returned to the DStv Premiership on a six-month deal for his second spell with the Chilli Boys.

Konqobe has opened up about his time in Finland and the lessons he learned playing for Ekenas IF.

"It feels good to be back home," he told the media. "Finland was a good experience, a very different experience to be exact from coaching and philosophies, a different style of training, I mean everything.

"But all in all I learned different things that I can proudly say I can bring back to South Africa and implement in my football."

In his last interview with KickOff.com, the former Amajita captain and Ajax Cape Town star vowed to stay away from the PSL after various off-field challenges that almost destroyed his promising career.

Now he says a conversation with Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi and coach Dan Malesela changed his mind, and he also revealed that returning to Europe is still possible as he has offers on that side but will only decide at end of the current season.

Check out Konqobe in action in for Ekenas IF in Finland

"Well to be honest, I still had offers in Europe. Even after the six months I still have another offer for three years back in Europe," he revealed.

"But what I can say is the chairman had a good conversation with the coach. I understood what my role was going to be when I come to the team, they made it clear for me.

"And I think signing for six months with an option of two years was so good you know, it gives me an ability to see what my options are, what my level is at. I'm 25 years old and I think being at Chippa will be another good experience."

Konqobe has never stayed for too long at one club and the former AmaZulu defender did not want to talk about the reasons behind that, and instead focused on the chance to showcase his talent again.

"Well to be honest, I cant give you a straight answer. Football is a short sport. I joined clubs that believe in me and that believe I still have the ability to do my best. So for me, I count that as a blessing to still get these opportunities."

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