Maritzburg United goalkeeper King Ndlovu has opened up about his failure to pen a deal with Orlando Pirates when a move appeared imminent.

The goalkeeper was on his way to Pirates but the deal was abruptly called off in 2021 with Ndlovu eventually joining Marumo Gallants from Black Leopards.

Having been on top of his game at Leopards, Ndlovu attracted Pirates interest, who had a goalkeeping crisis at the time.

In an interview with Soccer Laduma, edition 1285, Ndlovu has explained what really took place at the Buccaneers.

“It was towards the end of the season. I don’t think Pirates’ intention was to sign me to be their goalkeeper for a long time because they had a goalkeeping crisis at the time,” said Ndlovu.

“And they thought I could come in and play, but the transfer window had already closed. So, I played after the window. They didn’t know that I played after the widow and they realised that they couldn’t register me and play, so they couldn’t sign me.

“Cape Town City also showed interest. They wanted to sign me and said I could come through, but at the same time, Pirates were also keen to sign me, and I chose Pirates.

But I had an option of Cape Town City but you know everybody wants to play for Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”

Ndlovu went on to say that he didn’t take the missed opportunity to join Pirates well, stating that he believes he has what it takes to play for a big club.

“To be honest with you, I feel like I am underrated in this country. Like, I don’t understand. But I am not complaining. I will continue to work hard, but I don’t know who said what to who but at Pirates I nearly signed but ended up not doing so,” he concluded.

– Via Soccer-laduma


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