Having been linked with a move to English Premier League club, Swansea, Bafana Bafana attacker, Luther Singh, has explained why that move, amongst others, did not go through.
In an interview with Soccer Laduma, Singh discussed his status as a promising star for the future of South African football and said that he needs to keep working hard if he is to become the next big star from Mzansi.
“You get statements like this (that I’m “the next big thing” in South African football), and it’s big for a player like me,” he said. “But I know that I have to keep pace and that it’ll make me work much harder. It makes me want to try harder to get to the place where I know I’m going to be.”
Singh was linked with a move to Welsh club, Swansea, who are currently playing in the Premier League, as well as Italian club, Pescara and European giants, Real Madrid’s second team, Real Madrid Castilla. However, Singh explained that his status as a non-EU citizen and the fact that he hadn’t yet received a call-up for the senior national team made acquiring a work permit difficult and was ultimately a stumbling block in a move to Swansea in particular.
“By then (when Swansea were interested) I didn’t have any caps for Bafana, so it was difficult and I couldn’t do anything because I don’t have a European passport. That played a role in not moving there, but… everything happens for a reason,” he continued. “Sometimes in life you get this challenge. It’s about how you take it, and this may be the reason for me not to go there, but I’m happy now.”
Singh is now plying his trade in Portugal, for the 2011 Europa League finalists, Sporting Braga.