Anele Ngcongca believes he still has a four seasons remaining in his legs and so fired up is the Mamelodi Sundowns defender that he is ready to return to Europe for a second spell if the opportunity arises. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Anele Ngcongca believes he still has a four seasons remaining in his legs and so fired up is the Mamelodi Sundowns defender that he is ready to return to Europe for a second spell if the opportunity arises. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Ngcongca ready to return to Europe if opportunity arises

By Minenhle Mkhize Time of article published Jun 18, 2020

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ANELE Ngcongca believes he still has a four seasons remaining in his legs and so fired up is the Mamelodi Sundowns defender that he is ready to return to Europe for a second spell if the opportunity arises.

The Bafana Bafana defender was recently inducted into the Belgian league's Team of the Decade alongside Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City). The right back made his name in Belgium during his nine-year stint with Racing Genk.

Ngcongca’s deal with the Brazilians is set to expire at the end of June but he has agreed in principle to pen a new deal for another season. But that has not stopped him from entertaining thoughts of another crack in Europe.

“To be honest, I can’t close that door,” Ngcongca responded when asked if he still harbours ambition of playing overseas.

“I’ve been in touch with people in Belgium, even those teams that are in the second division. They have been asking about my situation. I also saw an article in a Belgian website linking me with a move back to the country. If there’s something concrete, why not. As long as we will agree terms. At my age, it is no longer only about me but also about my family. I have to start to plan for life after football. I’m currently working on a few projects. We play until certain age and then what do you do next? The lockdown has offered me an opportunity to reflect,” Ngcongca, 32, detailed.

“I’ve only played for two teams in top flight football because in France, I was on loan. But they also wanted to give me another year. I like to be loyal. I prefer to settle in one place. If I look at my position, I believe two years (in Europe) will be fine, I’m not getting any younger.”

But Ngcongca hinted in favour of staying at Sundowns. “I’m a family man and there are kids involved. You don’t want to start another life in an unfamiliar environment,” he said.

The Cape Town-born defender is humbled that he is still celebrated in Belgium.

“It’s been the second time now that I’ve been in the Team of the Decade. It is very humbling. A boy coming from Gugulethu being recognised abroad, it is something huge."

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