Ndlovu Flying SuperSport’s Flag

There is no doubt that Dino Ndlovu is one of the most successful football players in South Africa.  Having played for Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein Celtic (loan); Israeli clubs Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa, and now back at home for SuperSport United (on loan for six months).  However he has made it clear that he is not willing to go back to the Maccabi even though he has two-and-a-half-years remaining with the team.  The Sports Eagle got a chance to interview the striker and get his views on the CAF Confederations Cup as well as his career.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 12:  Dino Ndlovu during the Absa Premiership match SuperSport United and MP Black Aces at Lucas Moripe Stadium on February 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The Sports Eagle (TSE): How have you been holding up since coming back to play in South Africa?

Dino Ndlovu: Since I came back, I have been good, can’t complain but it has been a tough one for me because I haven’t scored too many goals but it’s a good ratio compared to our other players.  I scored two goals and other forwards scored maximum six goals in the league.  It really shows that I have a good scoring ratio but I believe I can do much better than that.

TSE: Tell us about your move to SuperSport United.

Dino Ndlovu: My move to Supersport united was an amazing one.  I had a chat with Stan and my agent before I signed, so he got me up to speed about the club and the vision and what they want to achieve, not only now, but also in the future.  I’m interested to be part of the new project that SuperSport United want to achieve because we have much hunger.  Now we are bringing in young players to the team so it simply shows we are thinking about the future, so for me it was not difficult to chose SuperSport United over other teams which I can’t mention.

TSE: Do you enjoy playing under Cavin Johnson again? He was your coach when you were still with Platinum Stars.

Dino Ndlovu: I enjoy myself a lot playing under coach Cavin Johnson because it’s easy for me to communicate with him.  Our relationship didn’t start here, it started even before I become a professional player.  He’s not only a coach but a father to most young players in the team and he is a coach to learn from.

TSE:  What is your take on SuperSport United’s performance in the CAF Confederations Cup?

Dino Ndlovu: The performance of the team in the CAF (Confederations Cup) was a good one.  We got struck by many injuries and we had to swap and change all the time.  The CAF schedule clashed with the PSL one, so most of the players that played in CAF were the same players who played during PSL fixtures so fatigue and traveling took much from us.

TSE: Would you consider playing for another foreign team, if given a chance?

Dino Ndlovu: Yes it’s my dream to go back again to Europe and I will be happy to go back.  For now though my concentration is with SuperSport United, but as soon as my confidence is back, the people of South Africa will see the best of Dino Ndlovu.

Matsatsantsa came from behind in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night to overcome Free State Stars 2-1.  The win moved the capital club to fourth on the league table with just a handful of games to go.  On Saturday Ndlovu and his teammates will be at the FNB Stadium for a Nedbank Cup quarter-final appointment against Kaizer Chiefs.