Former Orlando Pirates winger Bennet Chenene has revealed the reason for him to agree to play in the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu-Natal League instead of going to Dubai.
The Sebokeng-born player, who made a name for himself in a number of clubs in the Premier Soccer League, had to endure three years without competitive football after leaving SuperSport United in 2015, then a move to Ivory Coast materialized.
“After leaving SuperSport United I had to sit at home for three years before a friend of mine organized a move to Ivory Coast where I spent six months playing football,” Chenene reflected.
“He took some videos of me playing in the Sunday league in the townships and they (Williamsville AC) liked what they saw, so they brought me to their team.”
The former Moroka Swallows attacking midfielder told FARPost that playing in Ivory Coast for Williamsville AC taught him some lessons about football and it proved to be a challenge for him.
“Their approach in football is so physical, it’s like they are fighting and I had to use my mind to be able to play there. But I would not advise any South African player to go there, it’s like war,” added Chenene
The diminutive midfielder further revealed that he had offers in Dubai (FC Dhaid) and South African amateur football (Durban FC) and he decided to come to the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League.
“I was in Ivory Coast and when I came back I had an offer in Dubai (FC Dhaid), so because of Covid-19 things changed – they postponed. After three months of waiting without them contacting me, one of my friends Lucky Mhlathe told me about the possibility of joining Durban FC and I agreed.”
FARPost is aware that the agreement between the club management and Chenene goes beyond playing football in the field. There is a potential business partnership in the pipeline.
“The boss of the team and I agreed about helping the team and the boys, so he promised me that our arrangement will also be business related. So I said to myself this opportunity I can’t leave it, let me take it and I’m here now with the team,” concluded Chenene.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter