Q & A with Orlando Pirates marksman Tendai Ndoro on ''shocking'' xenophobia

Goal caught up with the Zimbabwe international, who discusses life in South Africa as a foreign footballer

Goal: What impact has moving to South Africa had on your football career?

It was always my wish to play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) while growing up in Zimbabwe. I watched a lot of PSL matches and I was impressed by how the league was run. I think the level of professionalism attracted me to this league and it has improved me as a player. I am enjoying my stay here in South Africa.

Goal: Which South African experienced players inspired and developed your game?

There's one South African player that I enjoyed watching and that's Mabhuti (Khenyeza). He inspired me and I really admired him. I was fortunate enough to play with at Mpumalanga Black Aces upon my arrival in South Africa. I also had the privilege to learn a few things about football from him.


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Pirates, Tendai Ndoro

Goal: Why did you want to move to SA?

It is quite simple - this is the best league in Africa. Apart from having the best facilities,  it is now showing when one looks at how South African teams are performing in Caf club competitions. We are having more South African teams in the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup because PSL teams are very competitive in the continent now. That proves the strength of the PSL. There's no other league like the PSL in the continent.

Goal: What do you think of the stadiums, soccer facilities and infrastructure here?

Well, I have already alluded to the fact that South Africa has the best soccer facilities and infrastructure in Africa. I have been around Africa. I was fortunate to go and play at the recent Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon and one cannot compare the stadiums we used there to the ones in South Africa. The PSL is indeed blessed with excellent and world class sporting facilities.

Goal: How is the quality of life in South Africa for yourself, your family and children?

The quality of life in South Africa has been good for me and my family because it's a stable country with a good economy. My family feels free whenever they are around and my mother recently came over from Zimbabwe and we celebrated her birthday. They always enjoy their stay here.

Goal: What is your opinion of the xenophobic attacks in SA?

All I would like to say is it is in god's hands. My wish is for these xenophobic attacks to stop and it must never happen again. It is shameful and these attacks are shocking and they deeply touch the heart of humanity because we are all Africans and we should learn to live together in peace and harmony.



Goal: Have you experienced discrimination on the account of being a foreigner in SA or anywhere else?

No, I am yet to experience discrimination because of my nationality or because I am a Zimbabwean and fortunately, none of my family members have been affected by these xenophobic attacks.

Goal: What message do you have for the South African public and soccer fans to unite all people in this continent?

We are brothers and sisters. We might not be related by blood, but we are all Africans and we need to unite because we all belong to this continent.