Shongwe: Mosimane gave me his blessings when I left Sundowns for Wits

The left-footed Bafana midfielder tells Goal that Sundowns wanted him to stay, but he felt the time was right for him to move to another club after four years at Chloorkop
By Ernest Makhaya

Bidvest Wits midfielder Jabulani Shongwe has told Goal that his lack of game time at Mamelodi Sundowns had nothing to do with his move away from the club.

Shongwe signed a pre-contract with the Students during the January Transfer Window, and he was immediately allowed to join Gavin Hunt's side on loan until the end of the season.

"Nobody pushed me to leave Sundowns," Shongwe told Goal. "Sundowns offered me a new deal to stay, but I felt it was time to move to another club," he said.

The 24-year-old Shongwe revealed that coach Pitso Mosimane, who is very fond of the player, gave him all the blessings before he left the Brazilians' camp to join Wits.

"I spoke to the coach [Pitso Mosimane], but the decision was mine. I am happy that he gave me the blessings to go and do well when he heard I had signed for Wits," he added to Goal.

Shongwe, who spent four years at Chloorkop, still believes that Sundowns are more than capable of winning their first piece of silverware in six years this season.

"I think Sundowns can win anything. Even this season, they are doing very well at the moment. So, the fact that they have not won anything since 2008 didn't encourage me to move to Wits," he concluded.

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