Minga returns home with settlement

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Attacking midfielder-cum-striker Minga returned home to Congo this week after finalising a settlement on his two-year contract with Mahindra United, the club owned by the vehicle manufacturing company of the same name.

According to reports from India the club will foot the bill for the player to fly to another League in Asia for trials, with Hong Kong or Vietnam being possible destinations.

The Indian side decided to release Minga because they already had two other foreign attacking players and felt that they needed to strengthen their backline instead.

Minga had originally filled the foreigner spot vacated by Democratic Republic of Congo defender Mbaka Bokembe Dady who was once on the books of First Division outfit PJ Stars.

Minga's brief sojourn in India started with him helping Mahindra to the finals of a major domestic Cup competition, the Federation Cup, where they lost to East Bengal FC, the club where former Bafana Bafana star MacDonald Mukansi plies his trade.

The highlight of his time there was scoring the first goal in a 3-3 AFC Cup quarter-final draw away to Lebanese outfit Al Nejmeh.

The result knocked Mahindra out of the continental competition and was effectively Minga's last competitive match for the club.