Jody February has explained why he signed for star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns despite what Thela Ngobeni went through.
Ngobeni, who is enjoying his football again at Highlands Park, was reduced to a spectator throughout the six years he spent at Chloorkop as international goalkeepers Dennis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Reyaad Pieterse played ahead of him.
February, 23, recently signed for Sundowns from Ajax Cape Town but was swiftly loaned out to GladAfrica Championship side Cape Umoya United for a season.
"Ja it's a new challenge, it's a different challenge for me," February tells KickOff.com.
"It gets me out of my comfort zone. I think playing for Sundowns gets you out of your comfort zone, to test how strong you are man not just physically but mentally as well. I think for me it will be a good thing considering how young I am... and I'm up for it.
"A lot of people are going to say 'why Sundowns' or 'why this and not that' but everything happens for a reason and I think all it takes is character and hard work.
"After twelve years at Ajax I'm grateful but there comes a time in your life where you have to go somewhere else. Obviously I saw Thela not getting game time, I saw him play at Free State Stars... so I have seen what a good goalkeeper he is.
"But like I said I have a new challenge for me to grow and to be better. And getting to work with the best in Africa you know. So ja I'm actually looking forward to the challenge, it's a process man. You just have to trust the process."
February says at the moment his focus is on Cape Umoya.
"Yes I'm here for a season. Hopefully if it all goes well I will go to Sundowns next season, but for now I'm a Cape Umoya player for this season. Whatever happens next season I will deal with that next season, but for now I'm with Cape Umoya."