Ntshangase not keen on NFD return

Siphelele Ntshangase (Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Siphelele Ntshangase (Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Siphele Ntshangase doesn’t want to return to the National First Division (NFD) after breaking to Bafana Bafana and the national Under-23 team.

The Black Leopards midfielder is currently in camp with the Under-23s who are preparing for their first leg clash against Zimbabwe in the Olympic qualifiers.

The team needs to beat Zimbabwe over two legs to be part of the eight nations that will battle it out in Senegal later this year.

Three nations from that tournament will represent the continent in Rio de Janeiro next year. Ntshangase would like to go to Rio as a player in the Premier Division.

“For me, if it was up to me, I wouldn’t return to the NFD,” Ntshangase said. “But I have a contract with Black Leopards and I have to honour that. They gave me my big break where the national team coaches saw me. I would be a bit disappointed if I have to return to the NFD, things happen in football. I would have to raise my game.”

Ntshangase’s focus is on the trip to Zimbabwe. He will sit down with his agent on Monday to table a way forward as he has received a number of offers including Orlando Pirates.

“I haven’t put it in my head that who wants me, the most important thing for me has been doing well in my club so that I could stay in the national team,” Ntshangase said.

“It has been great being in both national teams. The responsibilities are different because I know that there is much expectation from me in the Under-23s, especially since we don’t have some players here.”

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