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Ndulula’s Omission ‘Not Personal’

Orlando Pirates’ decision to leave Bongani Ndulula out of the team for the CAF Champions League has raised more questions about the player’s future at the club. Bucs have announced the names of players that will do duty for the team in this year’s tournament, with Ndulula the only notable omission from the list.

It’s no secret that ‘Drogba’ wants a move away from the defending league champions to increase his chances of playing regular football. The player’s business manager Tim Sukazi confirmed that Bnei Sakhnin from Israel have shown interest in the former under-23 star.

 

The Aliwal North-born striker could have been in Israel already had everything followed his wishes. But Pirates have to give him permission before he leaves for a trial. It was recently reported in Soccer-Laduma that the player’s departure is unlikely to happen any time soon as Pirates are still delaying allowing him to leave.

 

The 23-year-old is clearly not in the plans at the Parktown-based outfit this season. Although the move to Israel would be good for his career, it remains to be seen if he will finally get the opportunity in the current transfer window.

 

Failure to make the move now could mean that Ndulula has to remain at Pirates until the end of his contract in June. Sukazi told the Siya crew that he doesn’t believe the player’s omission is a way to knock his confidence or anything like that.   

 

He said, “I wouldn’t know because they’ve got their way of doing things. If it suits the situation for ‘Drogba’ not to play in the CAF I can’t comment. Don’t forget that Pirates will play in the league and in CAF. You’ll never know, and maybe they will use him more in the league. 

 

“Even though he hasn’t been playing, things do change. Football is very funny. Things change and you might find that maybe (Benni) McCarthy doesn’t renew, or (Takesure) Chinyama this and that, or (Collins) Mbesuma this and that after playing in the Nations Cup. So you never know. I’m not a conspiracy theorist by nature. Maybe I’m more of an optimist than a pessimist. If I read it from the outside, I would say maybe they might need more ammunition at a later stage. I don’t think it’s personal.” 

 

Ndulula’s fellow teammates like Mark Mayambela, Rudolf Bester and Bheki Nzunga have all been included in the team that will play in the Champions League starting in February despite their lack of game time in the PSL this season.

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