Nga focuses on goals, not big money – CAJ News Africa

by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – EVA Nga is apparently undeterred by the reported moves to Gauteng’s so-called big teams.

Instead, he’s eager to make the most of the rest of the season to increase his goalscoring tally and help Chippa United avoid the axe.

The fact that the Cameroonian has scored half the number of goals the team has managed this season has left them looking like a one-man team.

Coach Kurt Lentjies’ side scored 20 goals in another season and flirted with relegation.

Nga, who made 26 appearances, also provided an assist.

In a recent interview with CAJ News Africathe player said he was aiming for “four or five” more goals as part of his contribution to helping the Eastern Cape-based side survive relegation to the GladAfrica Championship.

“(I’m aiming to) finish my season well and see what happens,” said the centre-forward.

“Yes, I’m very happy… great season for me and my teammates. We will now focus on completing the remaining matches (on a high note).

When asked if he knew he had scored half of the total number of goals scored by the whole team, Nga insisted: “The secret is to be humble.”

“Respect your teammates and your coach, work hard and be patient,” the 29-year-old added.

He praised Lentjies’ role in gradually moving the team up the 16-team standings after Chippa’s relegation initially seemed inescapable.

Placed 13th with 31 points, the Chilli Boys need four points from the remaining three matches to secure outright relegation.

One more point will ensure they don’t get sucked into the playoffs, which features a 15th-seeded team.

Coincidentally, Chippa’s three remaining matches are against the three teams placed lower than them – Baroka, Swallows FC and TS Galaxy.

“Kurt is a very good coach and understands the players,” Nga said of the league’s youngest manager (37).

Meanwhile, team-mate Ronald Pfumbidzai echoed similar sentiments about the Cape Town-born mentor who took over from fellow Capetonian Gavin Hunt who was sacked last November.

“To be honest, I’m enjoying the few months I’ve been here. With time and opportunities, he (Lentjies) will be one of the best coaches,” Pfumbidzai said.

– CAJ News


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