FARPost international correspondent Prince Sobayeni, caught up with rising South African teenager striker Siyabonga Ligendza to check up on his progress at Cardiff City.
Ligendza was scouted by Cardiff at the age of 8 and has been part of the set up for the past 9-years.
The 17-year-old spoke about amongst other things, the upcoming season and plans of securing his first professional contract at the English Championship side.
“I would like to score a lot of goal for the upcoming season and to play 23s (under 23) frequently,” Ligendza told this publication.
Ligendza feels he needs to double his efforts, especially in front of goal.
“Obviously it’s not going to be easy but I’m happy that I’m at a 100 per cent Last season injury delayed my progress, but now I’m ready and want to get scoring as many goals as possible,” he said.
Over the years Ligendza has played in different roles upfront for Cardiff academy but feels being the main striker is what he enjoys the most.
“I would like to stay as a striker, I also do like to play on the wing, but my most comfortable position is being the main striker upfront. In fact, I’ve scored majority of my goals as the main striker upfront because I can best position and hold the ball-playing up there,” explained Ligendza.
The striker concluded by expressing his desire to sign his first professional contract with the club.
“Honestly, by the end of this season, I hope to have done well enough to earn a professional contract at Cardiff that would be great and yeah of cause hopefully I hope I will also get to represent the South African national team soon too.”
Ligendza was born in England at the city of Leicester to a South African mother and German father.
His family moved to Swansea and that’s where he was scouted by Cardiff City.
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By Prince Sobayeni