Dino content at his 'obscure' Chinese team

24 October 2018 - 08:09
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
Dino Ndlovu is two games away from winning promotion to  top flight with his second division team Hangzhou  Greentown in China.
Image: Veli Nhlapo Dino Ndlovu is two games away from winning promotion to top flight with his second division team Hangzhou Greentown in China.

Dino Ndlovu's choice of overseas clubs has not always appealed to local football fans, but the Bafana Bafana striker is more concerned about leaving his mark on foreign land.

The 28-year-old currently turns out for Chinese League One outfit Hangzhou Greentown, and they are on the verge of promotion to the elite league, otherwise known as the Super League.

Ndlovu previously had stints in Israel and Azerbaijan, where he helped Qarabag qualify for the Uefa Champions League for the first time ever last year.

The Klerksdorp-born, North West, marksman is two games away from helping Hangzhou return to top-flight football. He has scored 18 goals in 22 appearances following his ?750000 (R12.3m) move, and he feels sealing promotion would mean repaying the club.

"Everyone has their own perception and conclusions about football, especially the SA media and fans.

"But the one thing I can tell them is that the second [division] leagues, anywhere in the world, are the toughest and even with the NFD (SA's national first division), you know how it is," Ndlovu said.

"The team bought me to come score goals and I said to myself, 'this is the target', and I need to do this for myself and the team. So far, things have gone my way."

Hangzhou will face Meizhou Meixian, a relegation-threatened side, at home on Sunday and finish their campaign with an away clash against mid-table Meizhou Hakka early next month.

"It will mean a lot to win promotion but not only for me, it's for the people of Hangzhou.

"It's one of the richest teams in the second league and to not go back to the super league would be a shame.

"Personally, I would have opened the door for other Africans who want to play for Hangzhou," said Ndlovu, who's the second captain of the team.