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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa | 2017-08-24 09:48:21.0

Siphelele Ntshangase of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Baroka boss Khurishi Mphahlele says his close relationship with Black Leopards owner David Thidiela played a big role in helping him secure the services of midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase.

Ntshangase, 24, has been on the radar of many PSL teams over the past few years, but Bakgaga surprised all by landing him this week. He made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday.

Mphahlele is delighted to have the playmaker on board and has thanked Thidiela for agreeing to do the deal.

Sowetan understands that Leopards rejected Baroka's first offer of R1.5-million a couple of months ago, but Mphahlele persisted until the deal happened. A source close to the deal said Baroka paid R3-million for him.

"I've known him [Thidiela] even before starting my own club. I remember in 2006 I went to Venda to watch Leopards play Moroka Swallows," recalled Mphahlele, who founded Baroka in 2007.

"We started talking a long time ago [about Ntshangase]. We were quietly speaking to the chairman of Leopards and on Monday, after I met him at the PSL [offices], we finalised it. We had travelled together from Limpopo for our board meeting," Mphahlele told the Sowetan yesterday.

"I always talk to Thidiela about football and just life in general and it's very important to have a good relationship with other clubs.

"He's our father in the [Limpopo] province in terms of football. He wants to make a contribution to football in the province and he made a big contribution by giving us the boy."

Ntshangase, who is from Phongolo in KZN, has joined City on a two-year contract. While it may be a short-term deal, Mphahlele insisted he's not concerned about losing him soon, especially after working around the clock to sign him.

"We will not wait for one year to finish to start talking to him [about extending]... if he's happy he would extend."

Ntshangase, meanwhile, is delighted to finally make his move to the Premiership after four years in the National First Division with Lidoda Duvha.

"I'm happy, my dream has finally come true uyabona (you see). I will take things step by step. In terms of the standard, there is not much difference. It's just that PSL games are on TV and the NFD is not," Ntshangase said.