FC Twente’s young South African midfielder, Nhlakanipho Ntuli, says that he’s not worried about the club’s financial problems, and that he’s just focused on his football.
The 18-year-old Orlando Pirates graduate has been an official professional with Twente for nearly a year now after signing a five-year contract back in April of last year, and has established himself in Jong Twente during their campaign in the Dutch second division.
Now, as the Amajita man continues his development in Holland, he says that it’s on him to judge his own progression up the ranks.
Speaking to the Siya crew, ‘Nanana’ said, “Everything is going the way that I planned. Life is getting better every single day, I’m getting more challenges and that shows that I’m growing.
“They don’t have to tell me all the time about my improvement, I just have to be honest and just myself after every training session. When I get home I ask myself whether I’ve given 100% at training.
“To be in the first team? It can happen anytime this year or next year, it doesn’t matter with me as long as I keep making sure that I’m ready for the next step.”
Meanwhile, when asked about Twente’s reported financial difficulties at present that saw their senior team docked three points, Ntuli replied, “I’m not here to judge the club. I don’t even know what is happening with that and I don’t want to know. My focus is to do my job on the field and improve my football. That’s what I’m here for.”
Jong Twente play FC Den Bosch tonight in the Dutch Jupiler League, Holland’s equivalent of the NFD.