Blom Opens Up On His Last Game For Chiefs, Soweto Derby

Njabulo Blom during his time at Kaizer Chiefs,
Njabulo Blom during his time at Kaizer Chiefs,
Lefty Shivambu

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Njabulo Blom has admitted that he knew about the prospect of moving overseas in the games leading up to the FIFA World break. 

Soccer Laduma followed the developments regarding Blom's next move closely, after first breaking the story of the deadlock in the 23-year old's negotiations with Chiefs to extend his contract, which was set to expire at the end of the current season.  

Blom was heavily linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns, especially after his agent Rob Moore publicly revealed that they were not happy with the salary package proposal by Amakhosi for his his client to renew his contract.  

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The Glamour Boys eventually came to an agreement to sell their academy graduate to Major League Soccer outfit St. Louis City SC in December, where he will be coached by South African and club legend Bradley Carnell. 

Blom played his last game for Amakhosi in the Soweto Derby win over Orlando Pirates just before the FIFA World Cup break at the end of October last year. 

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The 23-year old says he had to perform in that game despite having intimate knowledge about his imminent departure, to leave a lasting impression on the supporters. 

"Obviously, I had to perform in that game, irrespective of me leaving but I feel like I was doing it for the supporters, we were doing it for the supporters," Blom said on Metro FM Sports

"I feel like they deserve that win because we lost out to play MTN8 final, so as a team we felt that they deserved that win. We went out there, gave maximum performance, we gave our all and we won the game," he said  

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'Stoppa', as the versatile player is known in football circles, went on to reveal that he had to remain professional and show respect to the club in the last few matches before the recess despite knowing that he was leaving. 

"To be quite honest, I was excited but also I had to be professional enough not to disrespect the team and give it my all at training, whether I play games or (not)," he added. 

Blom conspicuously missed the Carling Black Label Cup tournament a week after the derby win, due to "illness" but was available for Bafana Bafana camp a few days after the one-day friendly competition. 

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