Ngobeni explains Chiefs snub
New Highlands goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni has explained why he did not end up moving to Kaizer Chiefs after being linked with the club.
Ngobeni, who recently signed a three-year contract with the Lions of North, had previously been linked with a move to Naturena in the January transfer window after a string of costly errors from Virgil Vries, who has since been released from his Amakhosi contract.
Ngobeni reveals his agent was approached by Chiefs but that the offer was not for a long enough period of time to convince him.
“So basically what happened with Chiefs is that there was communication from my agent at the time and we waited for a concrete offer. I think we told them what we want and I think the challenge at some point was the years they wanted to give me. It just didn’t really make sense for me to be there at the time,” Ngobeni said.
The 30-year-old says that contrary to popular belief he was not put off by the fact that he would have been understudy to Itumeleng Khune.
“Honestly speaking it wasn’t a factor," said the former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper.
"I don’t remember myself at some point think who is the number one and who is not the number one wherever I go. What was more important for me was to be in an environment where I’d be happy. Even here at Highlands they have good quality goalkeepers and it won’t be easy for me. For me it was about being in the best environment.”