I have detached myself from football – Ngake

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Former Orlando Pirates speedy winger Joseph Ngake insists he is no longer involved in any football role since his retirement because he is solely focusing on his teaching career.

Ngake who retired from football in 2009 played for clubs such as Moroka Swallows, Pirates, Ajax Cape Town (now Cape Town Spurs), FC AK and ACB Ha Noi (Vietnam).

The 45-year-old is currently a Principal at Khulanolwazi Primary School in Soweto.

Speaking to FARPost on the sidelines at the Tonic Chabalala annual soccer tournament in Malamulele on Sunday, Ngake reflected back on his professional career which started in 1994 and what he thinks of the current Pirates team.

“In terms of football I am not involved at all, I have detached myself from the game simply because I am more focused at school,” he said.

“Once you have played the game you will forever miss the game. I miss the field a lot but anyway, it was about time for me to retire and I believe I had a very good time playing the game.”

Although he was better known during his time at the Buccaneers where he spent six years, Ngake says it was at Ajax where he enjoyed his football the most.

“In a nutshell, I had a very good career at Orlando Pirates. But I believe that the highlight of my career was when I went to Ajax Cape Town because it is where I was given more of a free role and given that room not to perhaps mark as I used to at Orlando Pirates. That’s where I basically enjoyed my game because I had the freedom to go forward as I wished,” added Ngake who played six times for Bafana Bafana.

While the future of current Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer remains uncertain, the former Buccaneer believes the German mentor can improve on his third place finish next season.

“They did not have a good season for the team of their magnitude. They finished third which is not their position. Their position is the top one but I believe that they will bounce back next season and take all the trophies on offer.

“The fact that he (Zinnbauer) came to South Africa to coach the biggest team in the country that simply says he is one of the best coaches and I believe that if he can perhaps just get the harambee spirit in the team, the team will perhaps be able to win few trophies next season,” concluded Ngake.

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