Anele Ngcongca can be considered one of the most established and ‘elder statements’ of the game and not just at Mamelodi Sundowns.
His more than 50 caps for the national team and his appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, give his career even more credibility.
Ngcongca, 32, is also a Belgian champion and cup winner from his time with Genk in the Jupiler Pro League, returning home to build on that success by helping Sundowns win back to back Absa Premiership titles in 2018 and 2019.
Masandawana could repeat the feat again this season with the title race to resume when the Premier Soccer League gives the greenlight for a restart.
“It’s not easy because first off all you must focus on your game then try to help others at the back and communication is vital,” the defender says when asked about his contribution this season on the back of 30 matches in all competitions, a single goal as well as an assist, already having picked up the Telkom Knockout trophy in December.
“My experience is helping me a lot and we have a good understanding at the back with the guys and they listen and it makes my job easier, and we encourage one another.”
It’s a notable 2281 minutes played and coupled with the demanding schedule at Chloorkop – travelling around the country for domestic matches as well as on the continent for the CAF Champions League this season.
Ngcongca is proof that experience very much breeds longevity.
By Mamelodi Sundowns