Nathan Sinkala: I needed a new challenge


Stellenbosch FC took everyone by surprise during the January transfer window when the club announced the big signing of Zambian International, Nathan Sinkala, a move that shook the whole football fraternity in South Africa.

The former TP Mazembe midfielder has already made 2 appearances for the Cape winelands side, scoring on debut against SuperSport United when the ‘Stellies’ beat ‘Matsatsantsa’ 1-0 in Cape Town in February.

Speaking to FARPost, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations  (AFCON) winner describes his move to Stellenbosch and how he got to put pen on paper for the Cape side while also making a comparison between the DRC League and the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“So far so good, Cape Town has been great. The move to [Stellenbosch] was a surprise to me also because my agent was the one who was talking to Stellenbosch. He told me in the last minute that look I have a team for you, so yeah,”said Sinkala.

“Look there is not much difference between Mazembe and Stellenbosch, although TP Mazembe is a bigger club than ‘Stellies’, but the Leagues are different. Here it is more competitive than in Congo. In Congo you have about 3 or 4 teams which are big teams, but here every team is strong and competitive.”

Sinkala was once on the books of FC Sochaux in France on loan from DRC Giants TP Mazembe back in 2014. He was then loaned out to Zurich Grasshoppers in the Swiss League between 2014 and 2015 before he was called back to Lubumbashi by former coach Patrice Carteron who is now in charge at Egyptian giants Zamalek FC.

The 29-year-old has wealth of experience as he has won the lucrative CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup tournaments with TP Mazembe, but says his move to Stellenbosch doesn’t mean he is now less ambitious about playing Continental football.

“First of all, when I was leaving TP Mazembe I just decided on myself that I needed a new challenge, which I am here now.

“Stellenbosch is a new team in the PSL, our target is to stay in the PSL and then next season that is when we can start competing and challenging to win the League and go play Champions League football. But for now, our main focus is to stay in the PSL,” added Sinkala.

By Shane Matsoyane

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