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“They Slept At The Airport!” – Ndlovu Makes UCL History

Dino Ndlovu Has Made History With Qarbag In The UEFA Champions League

By Joe Crann - Aug 24, 2017 11:54 AM @YesWeCrann
As the ball left his left boot and rifled into the bottom corner, a nation cheered. Dino Ndlovu may have been written off by some in South Africa, but he’s made history of Azerbaijan.
 
Check out Ndlovu's potential UCL opponents in the gallery above
 
Fans celebrated in the streets of Baku on Wednesday evening after the 27-year-old’s goal secured Qarabag’s spot in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, not just a first for Atlılar, but a first for the country.
 
“It feels good to have made history in our club,” he told the Siya crew afterwards. “But it all comes down to the hard work we’ve put in.”
 
Now, as he waits to see which three European giants he will be facing in the competition – the draw takes place this evening at 18h00 SA time – Ndlovu says that the work is not done after they beat FC Copenhagen on the away goal rule, following the 2-2 draw.
 
Watch Ndlovu's history-making goal below:
 
He explained, “It’s a feeling that no amount of money can buy… When we arrived back in Baku the streets were closed. People had slept at the airport waiting for our arrival and the response was intense. The people of Azerbaijan deserve this.
 
“It’s a good feeling, but there is still a long way to go because success is temporary and we need to keep working hard. For me it is a bit of an emotional feeling because some South Africans have written me off, and God has made me an example that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”
 
 
With Ndlovu, who has five goals in eight games this season, poised to be one of just two players – alongside Rivaldo Coetzee if his Celtic move goes through – there have been calls for him to be included in Stuart Baxter’s Bafana Bafana side, but the player himself says that he has spoken to the national coach and believes his time will come.
 
He said, “Look, I don’t want the media to fight my battles because I believe that what is meant to be mine will be mine when the time is right, that’s all. Coach Baxter and I have had a brief conversation, I know he’s watching me and that inspires me to keep pushing.”

And who does he want to face? Barcelona? Manchester United? Juventus? “I don’t have a specific team,” he says. “I’m excited for the draw though!”


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Coach T Joined: 15 Feb 2017
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Coach T Aug 30, 2017 12:45 PM
@Zinedinhooo he made history you making stupid comments.. Who's the winner?
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Aug 26, 2017 11:29 AM
Keep doing well for yourself boy sooner or later a team in the better leagie will come calling.
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Zinedinhooo Aug 26, 2017 08:47 AM
Who cares mr ndlovu?the last tym ichecked u failed at bafana.sundowns.supersport and aces...so ure not dat good as claim to be......
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Mr mankayi Aug 26, 2017 08:21 AM
Good dino keep working hard
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ziongate keeper Aug 26, 2017 05:49 AM
U deserve it and thanx again for proving mashaba deadly wrong again
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Hloni'mayeng2 Aug 26, 2017 12:00 AM
Yeah its gonna b gud 2 see a South African in the UCL again
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King Justin Aug 25, 2017 11:32 PM
All the best guys,God bless
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Pointorder Aug 25, 2017 07:38 PM
Goodluck dino
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kekanejan Aug 25, 2017 07:25 PM
"For me it is a bit of an emotional feeling because some South Africans have written me off" I was one of em, and underestimated the league then I thought is very weak league but hey you did it against other leagues champions... well done to him
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luckydinho Aug 25, 2017 05:06 PM
This man why he don't use surname at the back of his jesery
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mkhokhy Aug 25, 2017 09:32 AM
Dino(Boyabenyathi)Ndlovu his da best uqophe umlando boi plz focus in your future
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Khosification Amu86 Aug 25, 2017 08:48 AM
Baxter says this league is weak, This team proved him wrong by going all they with other European top team till they reach their destiney
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Lovemore-walekhosi Aug 25, 2017 06:27 AM
Keep pushing Dino
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issa 10 Aug 25, 2017 12:08 AM
south africans most of them don't know football de guy might be playin in a small league but he will be playing champions league football he will be rubbing shoulders against the best u name them hazard,griezman, and so on n he s also de star of his team his team eliminated copehagen one of the biggest teams in denmark the boy has an eye for goal he was unlucky at aces injuries also didn't help but now he has an even bigger chance of bieng snapped up by big team nxt year he won't be at qarabag he will be playing in one of the top five leagues in the world watch out
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Prince Masinga Aug 24, 2017 11:53 PM
Dino will make us proud in the UEFA Champions League am pretty sure of that . fly our flag up high in sky you deseve to be there among the best GOOD LUCK !!!
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jabu pule Aug 24, 2017 10:15 PM
Our main man.
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Khompela is cursed Aug 24, 2017 05:44 PM
Why South Africa hate this guy
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frankisto Aug 24, 2017 05:09 PM
Eeeeeh!I'm one of them who written you off and calling you Cow'but now i don't have words
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tmg82 Aug 24, 2017 04:51 PM
I can c on the picture, guys are dying to take pictures with you,, proudly south african
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Critical_Thinker Aug 24, 2017 04:51 PM
Congratulations Dino, now you are a HERO in Azerbaijan

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