Exclusive: Njabulo Blom eager to make name for himself in MLS

Exclusive: Njabulo Blom eager to make name for himself in MLS

Pending his visa documents in the coming days, midfielder Njabulo Blom will jet out to the USA next week and begin life in the much-talked about Major League Soccer under ex-Kaizer Chiefs player Bradley Carnell.

The Bafana Bafana international is eager to make a name for himself in one of the fastest growing leagues in world football, but also with an eye to use it as a stepping stone to Europe when the time is right. 

Blom has been sold by Chiefs to St Louis City, coached by Carnell, this month for a reported fee of around R5-million, signing a two-year contract. 

“I believe the level of the league is quite high and there’s a lot of players there with experience, I am so excited. The MLS has been doing well in the past few years, bringing in quality players – just have a look at the big names that have come in. It’s growing,” Blom said on Monday night’s edition of Sports Night Amplified with Andile. 

The 23-year-old isn’t bothered by suggestions that the MLS isn’t quite at the level other leagues like Spain, England and France are for instance.   

“It’s a good move for me as a young player. I think everyone has their own opinion, for me it’s about the opportunity. It is a great step for me. The level will be different from the PSL and I just feel like I will learn a lot that side,” he explained.

“There’s obviously coach Bradley and he understands the culture – both from being a South African and being in the US. I think as a person, every time you move to the next chapter or club, you look for the growth and as a young player I feel like I have that chance now to play in the big leagues and I will use the MLS and the team to go to Europe. I am not going to get there and think I don’t have to work hard because there’s a South African coach. I have to still put in the work to be part of the team.”