Why on-loan Sundowns forward Bongi Ntuli's Sweden move failed to materialise

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After failing to secure a move to Sweden, the Masandawana forward joined Usuthu on a season-long loan deal

On-loan Mamelodi Sundowns forward Bongi Ntuli has revealed why he did not join Swedish Allsvenskan side Djurgardens IF during the July/August transfer window. 

Prior to joining AmaZulu on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of his stint, Ntuli found himself on trial in Sweden, determined to impress.

However, after spending several weeks in Scandinavia, the 27-year-old returned to South Africa as his future looked to be in limbo.

Nonetheless, Ntuli explained that it was money that proved to be a stumbling block in negotiations as he had apparently impressed the Swedish club.

“There was interest from the club, they wanted me to stay but we couldn’t agree on the amount,” Ntuli told reporters.

With Ntuli deemed surplus to requirements at Sundowns, the striker who spent the past few seasons out on loan at Platinum Stars subsequently returned to KwaZulu-Natal where he previously enjoyed a loan-stint in 2015.

“The offer was slightly less than what I earn now according to what my agent told me,” he added.

Since joining Sundowns in 2014, Ntuli has made just two appearances for the Tshwane giants, spending several spells away from the club, but he insists that his trip to Sweden was not a waste as he gained some much-needed fitness and experience training with the club.

“I gained experience by training with the team and when I returned home I was fit and that helped me when I joined Usuthu, I didn’t struggle,” he concluded.

Ntuli, is yet to play for the Durban-based outfit this season, but he may not have to wait too long to return to action as AmaZulu are set to come up against Ntuli’s parent club on Sunday.

The last time Ntuli found himself at AmaZulu, he banged in six goals in 12 league games and coach Cavin Johnson will hope that Ntuli will be the answer to his prayers as they plot their way up the Premier Soccer League (PSL) league table.

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