Introducing Robin Ngalande
Exciting 20-year-old Malawian international striker Robin Ngalande joined Bidvest Wits from Spanish La Liga side Athletico Madrid at the start of the season. This is his football journey.
Robin welcome back to South Africa. How have you settled into the country since you came back from Europe?
It is so far so good. I am looking forward to playing well for the team whenever I get the opportunity to play.
Not many people in South Africa know you. So please tell us how your football career began in Malawi?
I started playing at a very young age in Malawi. In 2008 I got selected for the under-17 national team and that is when my chances started opening up.
I stayed in Malawi for one season and then I came to South Africa to play for Mamelodi Sundowns’ youth development in 2009 for a season or so, and then I left for Spain.
What do you make of your time spent at Sundowns?
I did not play at Sundowns (for the senior team), but it helped me to go to Spain and learn things over there. Now that I am back I want to have more exposure and enjoy my game.
What made you take the decision to return from Europe and choose Bidvest Wits as your preferred club in the Premier Soccer League?
I had some personal problems, which I could not withstand that side so after weighing up my possibilities I took the final decision to come back.
From your time spent in Spain, what did you learn?
It was a good stay for me in Spain. I learnt a lot in terms of how football is played and I think I will implement that here at Bidvest Wits and I hope it helps the team.
Wouldn’t you have liked to extend your stay in Europe where the exposure and financial rewards are often bigger?
It is not about the pay or anything else that is besides football. It is about the passion and the love for the game.
Had I stayed in Spain I think I would have lost the passion for the game and my interests for the game would died.
My happiness comes first and the other factors come second so as long as I am happy here at Bidvest Wits it is fine with me.
You have not played much for Bidvest Wits’ first team yet. What is your situation like at the moment?
I want to play and feel part of the team whether we lose, draw or win because it always good to play and feel part of the contributors to the team’s results.
I know there are so many experienced players here because I am learning from them. I will work extra hard and give them stiff competition as the season goes on.
What different dimensions do you believe that you bring to the forward department in comparison to the other strikers?
It is not really something new that I will bring. I believe I simply continue from where I left off and I also feel that only team work can help Bidvest Wits improve as the season goes on.