Tanzanian star Msengi grateful for ‘Stellies’ opportunity

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The highly rated Tanzanian midfielder Ally Msengi says he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by Stellenbosch to compete in South Africa’s top-flight at the tender age of 18.

Msengi signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Stellenbosch in January from Tanzanian side Kinondoni Municipal Council and made his debut against the Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium in what was the final game before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the Premier League Soccer.

“I am blessed to have this opportunity and I am only focused on getting back to training, when the PSL and government says it’s safe to do so,” said Msengi.

“It is always important to remain focused during times like these. It can be difficult being away from home and away from family but it’s important to see the bigger picture,” – Msengi. Picture: Stellenbosch FC. 

“These are the sacrifices we have to make. In the meantime, all we can do, is be patient, keep our distance, wash our hands and remained focused,” added the 18-year-old.

‘Stellies’ head coach Steve Barker is a big fan of Msengi and believes the youngster has a great future ahead of him.

“There is definite quality… he only turned 18 in December, a youngster from a foreign country, it takes a while for foreigners to adapt and adjust,” Barker once said.

“When I look back, I gave Andile Jali the same opportunity at the same age 10-11 years ago and look where he is now and Msengi will also have a very good future in the game.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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