Local News 8.8.2016 02:51 pm

Bafana striker to replace Eto’o in Turkey?

Dino Ndlovu during the South African national soccer team training session at Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Dino Ndlovu during the South African national soccer team training session at Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu could be heading for Turkey, reports suggesting he is being lined up by Antalyaspor as a replacement for Samuel Eto’o, who in turn has been linked with a move to Besiktas.

Besiktas are reportedly targeting 35-year-old Cameroon legend and former Barcelona star Eto’o as a replacement for want-away German marksman Mario Gomez.

Eto’o netted 20 goals last season, ending second on the scoring charts – behind Gomez.

This could all spell good news for Ndlovu, who spent last season at Cyprus top flight club Anorthosis Famagusta.

The former SuperSport United and Mpumalanga Black Aces striker netted an impressive 18 goals in 32 league games last season, his first at the club.

But a move to a higher profile and more competitive league would be a significant step up in the career of the 26-year-old Ndlovu, who previously played in Israel between 2011 and 2014.

Despite having returned to Cyprus after holidaying in South Africa during the off-season, Ndlovu was not included in Anorthosis’ pre-season tour of Poland and is training on his own, giving credence to talk that the club is ready to sell the Klerksdorp-born target-man.

According to a source quoted by the Goal website, there are several clubs interested in the South African international, whose future should be made clearer in the next week.

“The fact of the matter is that he reported back for pre-season – the club exercised the clause they had of extending his contract – he told the club on his arrival that he was eager to move on, but that he would remain professional, and if there were no offers on the table he would remain,” the source revealed.

“A few days before their pre-season camp in Poland he was informed that there was no need for him to go with the team. Two Turkish clubs have been in contact with Dino’s representative. They want to buy him outright.

“The owner will fly in to have a meeting with Dino in the next few days, only then will the matter be concluded. It should all be finalised by next week.”

Ndlovu, who has also played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic, made his Bafana Bafana debut in 2012 but has managed only a handful of games for his country.

But now moving into his prime, and set to potentially move to one of Europe’s bigger leagues, he’ll be hoping to force his way back into the national team on a more consistent and impactful basis

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