Swazi Sports with Noel Munzabwa
FORMER Bulawayo City attacking midfielder Ayanda Ncube has described new challenges as necessary in a player’s soccer career and doesn’t rue ever joining MTN Premier League of Eswatini outfit Malanti Chiefs in September last year.
In an interview this week, Ncube admitted that at times he missed home.
“Sometimes I miss home so much but as a person you need to move forward and face new challenges in order to grow as a player and
Eswatini has given me that opportunity through Malanti Chiefs. But this does not mean I will never go back home,” said Ncube.
For a player who forced through a season-long loan after being frustrated by lack of game time, minutes played for Malanti Chiefs were always going to be what he desired. With regular appearances, two goals and a litany of goal assists, Ncube can now ably talk of Swazi soccer.
“With a closer look at the Premier League of Eswatini, we have a fairly good league with good teams and at least three sponsored tournaments and it has certainly added value to my career. I can safely say I found my second home.
“It took a bit of time for me and my teammates to know each other well and start getting maximum points but all thanks to coach (Chris) Tembo who brought that tiki taka play that Malanti is known for. I must say I have learnt a lot.
“I am happy with my performance as an attacking midfielder especially when I’m creating chances for my team mates to score. With this I am so sure we will survive relegation if the league is going to resume after the COVID-19,” said Ncube.
Quizzed on his future after the loan spell, Ncube preferred to be diplomatic.
“For now I’m focusing on this season and praying we beat this Corona Virus and go back to work. I must be honest I miss football but we all need to be safe first and save the next person and countries by staying home,” added Ncube.
In his parting shot, he urged people in Zimbabwe to keep safe and protect themselves from the pandemic.