Anele laments lack of SA exports

Ngcongca spent eight years abroad, playing in Belgium and France, before returning to South Africa to play for Sundowns in 2016.

The experienced campaigner recently admitted that he has been contacted by Belgian side Cercle Brugge and is open to heading back to Europe.

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Despite the many challenges he faced overseas, Ngcongca knew what he wanted and did not rush to come back home, like a number of his compatriots.

“I knew what I wanted. It was my dream to play in Europe and I had to go fulfil my dream. I had my difficulties with the language and the weather, but I did not complain because I knew what I wanted. I wanted to play in the [Uefa] Champions League and I wanted Europa League and I achieved that,” he said.

“For the players to go to Europe just to visit, I mean it’s not good for our football. If you look at our national team we have few players who play in Europe but they are also not playing regularly at their teams. It needs to be changed. We had only Dino Ndlovu in the [Uefa] Champions League and I think that’s why we are struggling in the national team. Let’s be honest, the standard in Europe is higher than the standard in South Africa.”

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