Zimbabwean footballer Rodwell Chinyengetere arrived in South Africa in January 2019 with a lot of expectations following back to back footballer of the year accolades in his native country.
But a difficult first 6 months at Baroka saw the 32-year-old being loaned out to GladAfrica Championship side TS Sporting, a move he rejected and opted to go back to FC Platinum in Zimbabwe.
Chinyengetere scored 3 goals in the 5 matches he played for Platinum in their CAF Champions League campaign before he was called back by Coach Dylan Kerr in January this year.
“When I pleaded for a loan back home I just needed to play in the Champions League or should I say a better league than where I was being loaned to (TS Sporting),” he told FARPost.
“I told them no rather let me go home because it’s better I go and play for people who want to attain something because that team wanted to win the League and progress in the Champions League so for me it was a wiser thing going there,” said Chinyengetere.
The Zimbabwe international also spoke on the criticism he received upon his return to Zimbabwe.
“Obviously when you go play outside people will start respecting you so definitely when you come back people will start to ask questions, what’s happening? What made you come back? And obviously criticism will always be there. People will start saying yeah he didn’t make the grade but for me that’s nothing it’s just part of life,” he added.
Since his return from Zimbabwe, Chinyengetere has only played in the Nedbank Cup when ‘Bakgaga’ beat minnows Hungry Lions to advance to the quarterfinals.
By Ofhani Munyai