Manqoba Mngqithi believes Bongi Ntuli could have played in England

Manqoba Mngqithi believes Bongi Ntuli could have played in England

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi has paid tribute to the late Bonginkosi Ntuli, to whom he gave a top flight debut at Lamontville Golden Arrows in 2012.

Speaking exclusively with SABC Sport after his memorial service at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mngqithi said the late striker was raised well and could have played in the English premiership, had it not been for life's challenges.

"Bongi was a very respectful child, you could tell that he was raised well. I believe that he could have achieved more with his skill and talent but was distracted by life challenges and injuries. I had hoped that at some point he was going to play in the English Premier League or other international leagues but unfortunately, it didn't happen," Mngqithi said.

"I know him from a very young age and he was very dedicated. He worked hard and he was trustworthy. He played a very huge role in my squad when I was still with Golden Arrows."

Following a successful spell with Arrows, Ntuli joined Mamelodi Sundowns for a short stint.

Mngqithi shared why Ntuli was special and could have stayed longer in Pretoria to achieve more.

"Bongi was very talented and I think he didn't do what he was supposed to at Mamelodi Sundowns because he should have been there for more seasons than he was because he had unique qualities and physical attributes.

“He was a very big player but very quick. One of the best finishers I've worked with and a very good penalty taker as well. So, to me, Bongi was a very good striker with a very good first touch and when he spins the defender nobody would catch him because he was very good."