Orlando Pirates new signing midfielder, Philip Ndlondlo has revealed how his exciting move to the Buccaneers came about, and what it meant to receive a shock call from Dr Irvin Khoza.
The pacy attacking midfielder signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Marumo Gallants in September, in what has proved to be one of the best acquisitions for Pirates this season.
When Ndlondlo joined the Sea Robbers, the Soweto giants weren’t the only team interested in him. Several top clubs wanted him, including Kaizer Chiefs. However, the former Gallants star ended up joining Pirates, and now he has divulged his conversation with Pirates’ boss Dr. Khoza.
“I got a call from the chairman, he said he wants to bring me to the team, and then I said it’s fine I don’t have a problem with that,” Ndlondlo told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“I kindly said, we need to engage with Marumo Gallants and speak to them, fortunately, they agreed on terms and that’s how I moved.
“Everything went smoothly because they spoke and reached an agreement. It also came to me as a surprise, but I was privileged to get a call from the chairman.
The 27-year-old highly rated offensive midfielder has also spoken about how excited he was after receiving a call from the chairman, describing it as a “life-changing call”.
“As like you are saying that it’s not anyone who gets to speak to him at any given time, it was an honour for me to be called by him,” Ndlondlo explained.
“I didn’t even know it was him, and when I realised who am I speaking to, I was like wow, it’s chairman. So, I said to myself, okay now it’s the time where I have to move, since it is the chairman that called me.
“It was a life-changing call because since from then I got to play for a big club in the continent, so it’s a great one for me, I could not refuse playing for Pirates especially when you get a call from Dr Khoza. Also playing for Pirates, you get to be exposed to continental football and Bafana .”