Thursday, 28 May 2009

South African Manqoba Ngwenya Off To Vietnam

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Manqoba Ngwenya is the latest player to move to Asia after he departed on a loan agreement to Vietnam club Hai Phong FC.

The attacking midfielder-cum-striker was loaned to the northern coastal side for three months with a view to regaining match fitness, according to Sundowns club official Sudesh Singh.

Ngwenya missed much of the last PSL (Premier Soccer League) campaign due to injury and only recently returned to training.

The move is also aimed at expanding Sundowns international relations, said Singh, who previously worked for several Vietnamese clubs.

“By the time 'Shakes' comes back to us in mid-August the season here would have started, and he would be match-fit," Singh explained to "It’s a good opportunity for him to get some competitive game time now in the three months that are left in the V League.

“We are also looking at building partnerships across the globe. Our juniors will go to Spain soon, and this is all part of our international relations. Possibly in the future we could send more players and vice versa.

“The experience the players gain of different styles and performing under different conditions also helps their personal growth, and when Shakes comes back he’ll hopefully be an even better player.”

Should he struggle to adapt, Ngwenya will be able to lean on ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Philani Kubheka for advice. Kubheka is into his fifth consecutive season with Binh Duong FC.

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