Hlongwane: 'Why I turned down Mamelodi Sundowns'


Striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane has revealed the reasons for his decision to reject Mamelodi Sundowns in favour of a move to the MLS.

Hlongwane realised a long-standing dream of playing overseas when he sealed a move to Minnesota United on Wednesday.

The Kwazulu Natal-born attacker has penned a three-year deal with United and is set to travel to the US imminently to join up with his new teammates.

As reported by Kickoff.com last week, Hlongwane has since confirmed that Mamelodi Sundowns were leading the race for his signature before opting to move abroad.

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"There were teams in South Africa that were interested," Hlongwane tells KickOff.

"Mamelodi Sundowns were leading the race.

"I signed for Minnesota United because I wanted to realise my dream of playing overseas."

Hlongwane also revealed his excitement on the prospect of playing in a major league overseas.

"Ngijabula impela [I am so happy]," Hlongwane added.

"I want to achieve a lot but I need to work because I don't yet know the challenges I will face there.

"But okuhle kodwa engikufisayo [all good things I wish to achieve overseas]."