South African defender Nkanyiso Shinga has confirmed to FARPost that he has left Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal for Segunda Liga side Cova Di Piedade after Setubal was relegated to the Campeonato de Portugal for the 2020/21 season.
Setubal and Desportivo Aves were relegated to the third division after failing to submit registration documentation for the 2020/21 season.
The decision came after the Lisbon side had just secured its Primeira Liga status beating rivals SAD Belenenses 1-0 on match day 30 last season.
The left back will start with Piedade’s U-23 side while trying to get a long-term contract with the senior team.
“The relegation of Vitoria Setubal has affected me a lot. There are a few things that have made the situation difficult, from separating with my former teammates to having to find a new home. Vitoria Setubal is a big team that treated me perfectly, I was really happy to be with them for all these years so when this situation came I was really hurt even though I already knew that I’m going to move to a new club it still hurt to have this kind of situation,” said Shinga.
Asked about the duration of the contract the 20-year-old has signed a one-year-deal, but he hopes to earn an extension at the end of the season.
“Unfortunately the U-23 of Cova da Piadade doesn’t have a professional contract, but I have a one-year-deal with them. I will be with their U-23 team to create an opportunity to get a first team contract. The reason I decided to come here is that I saw a big opportunity for myself here, secondly Piedade promotes young players to the first team.
“They always look to their development for new players so even one of my best friends Thabo Cele told me that it is a big opportunity for me I must try to make it and get a professional contract next year,” he concluded.
Shinga moved to Portugal in 2018 after graduating from the KZN Academy. He mostly played with the club’s U-19 youth team before being promoted to the U-23 development squad last season.
He has also represented South Africa at U-20 level and was part of coach Thabo Senong’s preliminary squad for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Poland before being left out of the final squad for the tournament.
By Prince Sobayeni