Absa Premiership

Nhlapo: Igesund saved my career

2017-09-05 15:27
Siyabonga Nhlapo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United defender Siyabonga Nhlapo believes a stint with Gordon Igesund at Highlands Park last season helped to revive his career.

Having battled for game-time at champions Bidvest Wits last season, Nhlapo was loaned out to Highlands Park, who ended up being relegated at the end of the season.

Nhlapo, however, was able to make a return to the top flight after signing for SuperSport United in the off-season transfer window.

The Bafana-capped player says he has no regrets about leaving the league champions and has attributed the time spent with former Bafana Bafana and four-time league winning coach Igesund as crucial to his career.

"I didn't want to be one of those players who'd sit on the stands for the most part of the season and go on to claim that they'd won the league title, though they hadn't made much of a contribution on the pitch. That just didn't sit well with me," he was quoted saying on the IOL website.

"I went to Highlands Park because I knew the kind of coach and person Gordon Igesund was and how he could help my career. He helped save and revive a whole lot of players' careers, such as David Mathebula, to mention but one. I went there knowing that he would do the same for me, too.

"He immediately made sure I felt at home and gave me the role to lead from the back. That helped me a lot. The few games I played for them there, helped revive my career. I now have a three-year deal with Matsatsantsa all thanks to him."

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