Former Kaizer Chiefs winger tries his luck in Belgium


Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Phakamani Mngadi is looking to resurrect his career in Belgium as he tries out at newly-promoted top-flight side Eupen.

The 21-year-old played for Eupen for two seasons before joining Chiefs on loan for the 2014/15 campaign‚ where he saw his appearances limited to just a single substitute showing.

He did not play at all last season but is hoping for a second chance at Eupen under their Spanish coach Jordi Condom.

Mngadi played the second half of a friendly match against Union Saint Gilloise on Saturday as Eupen prepare for their return to the top-flight of Belgian football.

South African right-back Ntuthuko Radebe‚ a major talent who has been beset by injuries in recent seasons‚ played in the first half of that game.

Mngadi and Radebe joined Eupen in 2010 as teenagers from the Aspire Academy‚ a Qatar development institution that owns a portion of the club.

A third player‚ Happy Simelela‚ joined at the same time but has since faded into obscurity despite links with BidVest Wits‚ Mpumalanga Black Aces and Jomo Cosmos in the past.

Mngadi made his first debut for Eupen as an 18-year-old in the 2012/13 campaign when they campaigned in the second tier and went on to make 33 appearances over the two seasons before his move on loan to Chiefs.

He failed to make the breakthrough at Naturena though‚ his only appearance a three-minute cameo in a 2-1 win over University of Pretoria in September 2014.

He is a former national Under-17 player and should he be able to get his career back on track‚ is young enough to become a national asset once more.Phakamani

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