The Journey: Nkanyiso Shinga


Speaking to FARPost during this Covid-19 forced break Vitoria Setubal left back Nkanyiso Shinga has opened up about his desire to stick it out in Europe for a while before considering a move back home.

“The reason why I agreed to move over to Europe after turning 18 was that I wanted to learn and adapt as much as I can so I can have a long and successful career here without facing the challenge of time you know,” he said.

“I just turned 20 recently and I’m in the B side of one of Portugal’s big clubs based in the Capital Lisbon.

“I am not intending on returning to South Africa anytime soon I want a long successful career that’s why I’m working hard everyday to improve so I can take the next step towards senior football .”

Asked about which player he admired the most the 20-year-old said, ” My favourite player growing up has to be Tsepo Masilela.

Shinga grew up admiring Tsepo Masilela, who now plays for AmaZulu.

“I remember he dominated the Bafana Bafana left back position for years and even played in the Spanish La Liga (for Getafe) which is one of the biggest leagues in the world so that’s the calibre of a player he was and even now as he is older he is still pushing for AmaZulu doing well so I would say he is my role model.”

With the global pandemic hitting the world Shinga urged everyone to stay safe, “Yes everything is at a stand still this side as well so I’d urge everyone back home to just follow the health guidelines and stay at home so we can fight this virus please be safe and keep well.”

He is currently going through the ranks of Vitoria Setubal playing with their
U23 side at the moment hoping to push for a spot in the first team soon.

By Prince Sobayeni 

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