Cape Town - Dino Ndlovu hopes his impressive season
with Chinese League One side Zhejiang Greentown will open doors for other
ambitious South African footballers.
China might not seem to be the ideal
football destination for budding young stars but Ndlovu has thrived in the country
and is on the verge of guiding his side to the Chinese Super League.
A South Africa international, who formerly
played for Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein, SuperSport United and Mpumalanga
Black Aces in the Premiership, Ndlovu has also spent a number of years playing
He was with Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa
in Israel as well as Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta and Azerbaijani football
club Qarabag - before moving to China in 2018.
The 28-year-old has 18 goals in 22
appearances for the Green Giants, with the club now just two wins away from
Speaking to the SowetanLIVE website, the Bafana Bafana forward said:
"Everyone has their own perception and conclusions about football,
especially the SA media and fans.
"But the one thing I can tell them is
that the second [division] leagues, anywhere in the world, are the toughest and
even with the NFD (SA's national first division), you know how it is.
"The team bought me to come score
goals and I said to myself, 'this is the target', and I need to do this for
myself and the team. So far, things have gone my way."
He added: "It will mean a lot to win
promotion but not only for me, it's for the people of Hangzhou.
"It's one of the richest teams in the
second league and to not go back to the super league would be a shame.
"Personally, I would have opened the
door for other Africans who want to play for Hangzhou."