Njabulo Ngidi
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15 Aug 2013
6:35 am

Myeni reaches for new heights

Njabulo Ngidi

It has been two years since Sifiso Myeni made his big move from Bidvest Wits to Orlando Pirates in a bid to take his career to the next level.

Sifiso Myeni during the MTN 8 Quarter Final match between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images)

In the Pirates’ jersey, he has come up against some of the best on the continent, like Congolese talisman Tresor Mputu and Egyptian great Mohamed Aboutrika. But the 25-year-old midfielder’s game hasn’t reached the heights it promised when he was a devoted figure with the Clever Boys.

He has shown glimpses of it at Pirates, like with that brilliant goal against Free State Stars last season and with his performance against Al-Ahly, where he was among the scorers in the 3-0 drubbing of the seven-time African champions.

“I haven’t reached my full potential yet,” Myeni said. “I am still getting there but that game against Al-Ahly was a turning point. Scoring against a team like Al-Ahly gave me lots of confidence and you need that as a player to be on top of your game.”

A confident Myeni will line up for Pirates on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium against another Egyptian side, Zamalek, in the club’s third match in the group stages of the Caf Champions League.

Zamalek’s White Knights arrived in the country yesterday and will face the Sea Robbers, who lead Group A, while they are second from bottom.

“I used to dream about playing in the PSL,” Myeni said. “I am there now. I also used to dream about playing in the Champions League. I am doing that with Pirates but I am still not satisfied. The technical team told us that in football your dreams are always moving, I understand that now.

“I am playing on the biggest stage on the continent, representing not just Pirates but the country. Being there isn’t good enough, I want to do well there, as does the team. We want that second star.”