Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca has opened up on the reason why he left top Belgian club KRC Genk and joined the Tshwane giants.
The Bafana Bafana international returned home in 2016 after nine years with Genk where he enjoyed some success with the club before he had a fall-out with his former coach Peter Maes while admitting that he snubbed Kaizer Chiefs for Mamelodi Sundowns due to receiving a better offer by the Brazilians.
"That thing is there; racism is alive and we can’t hide it. I have experienced it from my own coach at Genk, Peter Maes," Ngcongca told City Press.
"He led to my departure at the club in 2016. The incident that got me upset was during preseason training when I got kicked badly on my ankle in a friendly game and he said: ‘I thought Africans were strong.’
"I was like: ‘You say an African can be knocked down by a car and just stand up?’ Our fallout was a big story in the media in Belgium," he explained.
"Honestly, Genk were giving me good money and I did not intend to leave the club. But I had no choice because of the attitude and disrespect of this coach."
"I was sent on loan to France [at Troyes AC] and when I came back, Maes was still there. But I had already made up my mind [about leaving] after a call from coach Pitso who was interested in me joining Sundowns. I had also spoken to Chiefs before the call from Sundowns.
"Yes, I spoke to Bobby Motaung, but in the end I opted for a better offer. I am sorry if I let Chiefs down, but football is a business."
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