Former Orlando Pirates attacker, Riyaad Norodien has expressed that he would love to come back to the PSL, because he has a greater appreciation for the game back home.
Due to his experience in East Africa, he has learned and matured so much, and would welcome a return in future. The tricky winger is currently competing in the top flight in Rwanda for Kiyovu Sports, who are currently sitting at the summit of the league standings.
“I’d love that to be honest, if there is any team that would love to have me there, I’d love to come back,” Riyaad Norodien told ThisIsFootbal.Africa.
“I have that experience and I have played in the PSL for eight consecutive seasons. I played games, I wasn’t one to be on the bench. I was always willing to provide for the team. I’ve won two MTN 8’s. I know that I have to wait for my opportunity again, but I’d love for someone to show an interest in me. I still watch the PSL to stay up to date, and I know what I can bring. I know what I can contribute to the league, I just must be patient and keep working hard. I think coming to East Africa was a way of teaching my mind and heart that I don’t always have to be at home doing the same things you normally do. Being far away from home you can appreciate the things you did at home, and what you have at home. So that when I eventually come back I’ll have an even greater appreciation.”
In the next passage the former Cape Town City forward and Prosport International client speaks about his most challenging part of being a footballer. As football is his way of taking care of his family, and that not playing is not an option, especially at his age of 27. Norodien is well aware that his career won’t last forever, and that he has to make the most of his qualities and time as an active footballer, doing what he loves.
“My most challenging period was after being a regular player for Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates, Platinum Stars, Cape Town City, then having to go back to Cape Town Spurs. That’s when I realised that not one PSL team wanted to sign me. Even though I had eight seasons in the PSL, still nobody wanted to sign me.
Taking into consideration the kind of things I have achieved (Two MTN8 Cups), my football speaks for itself, so I found it hard to understand why no one wanted me. To add to that, you have people asking you why you are not being signed by a PSL club. I couldn’t answer them, because I didn’t even know myself why they didn’t want to sign me. It was difficult and it was heart-breaking not knowing the reasons behind why no club wanted me. But I guess it’s a business and it’s their decision, but hopefully I’ll have another shot in the PSL soon .”