In the wake of reports that Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca was on his way out of the club, his agent Mike Makaab says the player will be staying put.
Speculation was rife in recent months that the Cape Town-born defender could move back to Europe ahead of the 2018/19 season.
It was reported that the former FC Fortune right-back was set to join coach Frank Vercauteren at Brugge as the coach rated the Bafana Bafana defender highly.
However, reports emerged that the Belgian side parted ways with the manager, Vercauteren, and that has led to the deal not possibly going ahead.
Speaking to the media this week, ProSport International’s Makaab suggested that the coach’s departure means that Ngcongca will stay put at the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions and has a lot to prove under coach Pitso Mosimane.
“The coach that we were engaging with is no longer there. Anele is staying with Sundowns. He has a lot to prove. He has sustained injuries,” Makaab told IOL.
“At least now he is going to have good pre-season. He is fit and playing very well,” continued Makaab.
Despite suffering a spate of injuries, the experienced full-back has been a consistent performer for the Brazilians as he lifted his first PSL trophy.
Ngcongca joined the Brazilians at the beginning of the past season following his nine-year stay in Europe and has been signed by Mosimane to help challenge for their second Caf African Champions League trophy.
Just last week, the 30-year-old was in action for the Tshwane side as they faced AC Horoya in Conakry on Wednesday.
Although they failed to bag their first win in Group C, he played a crucial role when their defence was shaky as they drew 2-2.
Moreover, Ngcongca played in 17 matches in all competitions for the champions and will hope to stay injury free and offer more going forward for the 2016 African champions.