Ligendza extends Cardiff stay

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Cardiff City have extended Siyabonga Ligendza’s contract.

The 18-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until June 2024.

Ligendza recently signed his first professional contract at the club, but the Blue Birds technical team have decided to lock him down for a further two years.

“It has been a very long journey and lots of hard work. I thank God for being there for me through the good and the difficult times,” said Ligendza in a statement.

“I thank everyone for the support and encouragement throughout the years. The hard work has paid off as I’ve now extended my contract at Cardiff. I trust that God will continue to guide me in my future and in my career.”

Coach David Notoane named the forward in his 40-man preliminary squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but he sustained an injury which ruled him out of contention for the global showpiece.

Born in the city of Leicester in England, the attacker has a South African mother and a German father. He has spent the last 10 years living in the beautiful city of Cardiff which is where he started playing football at the age of eight.

He recently decided to represent South Africa at international level, although he qualifies for the three other countries as well.

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