DURBAN - Siphesihle Ndlovu was the talk of the town with his eye-catching displays for Maritzburg United last season, but he has been nowhere near his best so far the current campaign.
The Team of Choice have already agreed on a deal to sell him to Sundowns. The club’s chairman, Farook Kadodia, confirmed that to Independent Media yesterday. But with the chairman confirming that the choice to move or stay now rests with Nlodvu and his agent, the next question is whether his mind is still in Pietermaritzburg or it is in Chloorkop?
Murmurs are rife that his mind is now at Sundowns, but Ndlovu is handling that in a positive manner. “Obviously there will always be rumours in the media but I had to be mentally strong. I had to deal with that rumour in a positive way,” Ndlovu explained.
Ndlovu was shown a red card against Kaizer Chiefs and had to be out of the picture for two games. “After the red card, nothing affected my game. Nothing affected me personally. Instead it was just wake-up call for me to say, 'hey, this is a new season, nothing will be easy like last season'. That’s all,” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu was nominated for several PSL awards last season. He walked away with the Midfielder of the Season and Young Player of the Season. “It goes with hard work. I’ve been putting more effort than last season because I knew that it won’t be easy. The coach (Fadlu Davids) has been advising us as a team. He has also told us that it won’t be the same as last season. Now, we have to put in more effort then before so we can achieve great things," Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu showed some glimpses of his brilliance this past weekend as United shot down Highlands Park in the first round of the Telkom Knockout at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
He topped his great performance with a well-taken strike. “It is just a stepping stone in to the great things that I want to achieve. I’m looking forward towards achieving my goals. This is a motivation going forward.”
Ndlovu is expected to build on his weekend’s great display when the Team of Choice travel to Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane to take on Polokwane City on Saturday at 3.30pm in an Absa Premiership tussle.