Goalkeeper Bongani Manavhela of JDR Stars of the GLADAFRICA Championship is hopeful that teams from the Premier Soccer League will offer him a contract as a result of his outstanding performance in the DStv Ekasi Champs of the Champs Tournament.
Yesterday, the 29-year-old JDR old's contract came to an end. At the Tshwane-based team, last season, the former Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) and Polokwane City goalie failed to earn game time. Ali Sangare of the Ivory Coast was preferred by head coach and club owner Nditsheni Nemasisi. The 36-year-old Sangare participated in 25 of the 30 league games
played last season, while Marcel Dandjinou, who is Benin-born, appeared five times. On the other hand, Manavhela was the backup goalkeeper and didn't take part in any league games.
The Venda-born goaltender, who performed admirably in the Champs of Champs competition, is keeping his phone on and hoping a team will ring with an offer. Manavhela, a gospel singer as well, said, "I am delighted with my performance so far in this event, but my goal is to win it on Sunday."
"I found out from my manager that Premiership and Championship teams have been inquiring about me after they watched me in the competition." I'm hoping for some solid news so I can sign with a PSL team.
I just need a team that will let me play football again next year. The event has been taking place in Soweto since it began on June 16 and is being broadcast on DStv. On Sunday, the final between Manavhela's Chego 17FC and Chipolopolo is scheduled to take place at Dobsonville Stadium (3pm). The winning bidder will receive R250 000.
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