AFTER being involved in three promotion/relegation play-offs with no success, Black Leopards talisman, Siphelele Ntshangase, is now dying to return to the top league.
This week, Leopards owner David Thidiela revealed he was interested in releasing the player and has invited Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs to come with offers for his talented captain.
Ntshangase has been a loyal servant for close to four years and the club have turned down numerous offers from PSL teams over past seasons.
But this year’s play-offs seem to have been the last throw of the dice.
The soft-spoken player said: “It’s been a long and tough journey for me.
“I’ve been part of the National First Division (NFD) for a long time, and now it’s about time I faced other challenges. I’m ready for new competition.
“I think it’s about time I made the move, I’m ready to join a PSL club.
“I can’t play in the NFD for the rest of my career. So far, I haven’t received any official offers, but something will come up and time around I’ll take it.
“I’ll go where my heart wants to be because I want game time wherever I’ll be going.”
There shouldn’t be shortage of offers for the former SA Under-23 star, but his departure to the PSL will depend on the club’s agreement terms with the big boss, Thidiela.
Ntshangase will most certainly not come cheap.
The KwaZulu-Natal-born player is left with one year on his contract with Leopards.
At the beginning of the season, Ntshangase did not get much game as he was still recovering from a knee injury.
After recovering the talented midfielder has been present in the squad that managed to book a play-off spot by finishing second in the NFD.
He was part of the team when they played and failed to get PSL promotion on three seasons: 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2016/2017.