Former Platinum Stars and Black Leopards midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has revealed that his decision not to join South African giants Pirates, Sundowns or SuperSport was because he never believed in chasing fame.
Ng’ambi hang up his boots to focus on his business interests following a career that stretched 15 years in South Africa.
“If all I ever wanted was to for the big teams, I would have done that when they came knocking for my services but then I was never that kind of guy,” he tells KickOff.com.
“My aim was to play football and when you are enjoying it sometimes you don’t have to then move to the big clubs. You can still enjoy football elsewhere and with me I enjoyed it where I was [Platinum Stars] and won trophies. I prioritised my happiness. I wasn’t shying away from competition at the big teams but felt I was better off playing where I was.
“The interest did get serious but then I had to make the decision between myself and my club. SuperSport United came hard for me then Sundowns did the same thing and then there was Pirates as well at some stage. It was between me and my club to make the decision and I chose to stay. You also need to understand that you need to compare what is being put on the table for you by the team that wants you. The treatment that you will get at the team that wants you is also important.
“I got the best treatment at Platinum Stars and felt I was valued and when I compared the offer and treatment that I could get at the teams that wanted me I felt there was no need to just leave. Why would I want to leave a team where I am happy, playing and the team is competing?
“I couldn’t just jump at the offers that came my way from the big clubs. It was never about chasing money but being happy to be playing and earning whatever I was getting where I was,” Ng’ambi says.
The Malawian adds that a lack of planning is the reason why players are not respected upon retiring.
“Us, players, are not respected when we have retired because we don’t plan for life after football. You cannot start just wanting to be a coach just because you cannot play anymore. Next thing we end up begging for jobs since you don’t have papers and be getting told you are not good enough,” adds Ng’ambi.—KickOff
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