Kwinda Netshitangani: South African starlet opens up on Almunecar move

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Having previously starred in the Kaptiva Sports Academy in Barcelona, Netshitangani recently put pen to paper with up-and-coming Spanish side CD Almunecar City for the 2020/21 campaign.

"I'm over the moon with committing to Almunecar and I'm preparing myself for the season ahead," the teenager told KickOff.com.

"The club got in touch with my agent and we discussed it. They have big ambitions and I want to be a part of that."

Netshitangani, who has joined up with former Free State Stars defender Thabang Matuka at the Spanish outfit, revealed that the presence of his senior countryman made his decision to join the club an easier one to make.

"It was certainly a factor [I considered when joining] as there will be a familiar face and that always makes things that bit easier. I mean, we can talk about Chicken Licken," he said jokingly. 

The forward has since been joined by another of South Africa's burgeoning talents in Waylan Rooi, who signed for the Spanish side on Thursday following a spell with Kaizer Chiefs' MultiChoice Diski Challenge team, and explained why he believes there has been a surge of local players moving to Spain.

"Waylan is a friend of mine [and] he's familiar with European football after being with the Nike Academy in England," Netshitangani said of his compatriot's arrival.

"Personally, I feel my style of play suits Spanish football and I'm sure that's the thinking of any footballer who ends up here. Plus, the weather is similar to South Africa's weather, which is a big plus."

The Johannesburg-born starlet also revealed that he hopes to one day take to the pitch back home in South Africa, but for now, is committed to hitting the ground running for Almunecar.

"I love South African football and it remains a dream of mine to one day ply my trade in South Africa, [but for now] I'd love to give a good account of myself and give 100% for my new club," he shared.

Netshitangani also harbours long-term ambitions of donning the famous Bafana Bafana kit, and was previously named in Amajita's provisional squad for the 2019 U20 FIFA World Cup in Poland.

"It would be a great honour to play for South Africa... I mean, hearing the national anthem makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up," the youngster added.

"I've always dreamed of playing for my country and I hope that can soon be a reality. I'm very passionate about our national team so they wouldn't have to ask me twice."