The silly season is now approaching its climax as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and strengthen their teams going into the new season while also ensuring that they get the best possible deal for money in a very competitive and largely inflated market; one of the deals to have caught my attention is a shrewd piece of business by a club that seems to be forging a reputation for scouring the market well and getting good talent at feasible prices while looking in areas many seem to regularly overlook when scouring for talent.
Randy “Junior” Ngobe is a name few will be familiar with, yet those that know of the attacking midfield genius will know that Polokwane City have secured the services of a player that fits their high-octane passing game like a white glove of the hand of Michael Jackson. Randy is a young man born into a family of legendary footballers, his father is the legendary former Witbank Black Aces striker Thomas Ngobe, who scored over 100 goals for the club; while his older brother is the former Bafana Bafana star Dumisa “Isphithiphithi” Ngobe. Quality is in the lads’ genes, his ability has never been in question and now he has the perfect opportunity to craft his own niche in this family trade that is football and establish himself on the stage he seemed born to showcase his skills upon.
Randy is a talented young lad who should have been starring at the elite level a couple of seasons ago, but now at 24, the playmaking threat with a keen eye for a pass has a point to prove and an adoring support base to endear himself to in Polokwane. Having already lost Mothusi Gopane and possibly losing Puleng Tlolane if the rumours are indications of an eminent exit, Rise & Shine may have snapped up yet another gem to help continue their grand push towards the upper echelons of Mzansi Diski. There is great potential in the entire Polokwane City side, Randy Ngobe adds far more to that potential base and there will be fireworks once they get things sparked up in Limpopo; Randy Ngobe could truly become a shining light for the stars from The North.
Full Name: Thomas Randy Ngobe
DoB: May 1st, 1991 (24)
PoB: Witbank/eMalahleni, Mpumalanga
Caps & Goals: N/A
Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Winger
Preferred Foot: Left
Club: Polokwane City F.C.
Former Clubs: Witbank Spurs
Market Value: R 350 000
GSV Deal Grader: David Mathebula to Kaizer Chiefs from Dynanos F.C. July 2004 (3/5)
Polokwane City have begun to strike fear in the boots of opposition players now that Kosta Papić has had a pre-season to fully assemble a side that can play his attacking and open brand of football for the entire duration of the season while remaining defensively responsible and meeting their season ambitions, the signing of Randy Ngobe should be a warning signal for all who will be facing Rise & Shine this season as he is akin to the addition of a semi-automatic machine gun to an already loaded arsenal in Polokwane. While many may not know just how talented Randy Ngobe truly is, the lad is sure to combine well with his current teammates and he will surely have his fare share of suitors lining up to try and pry him away from Limpopo just as Cole Alexander did during the season gone by come May 2016. In hindsight, Polokwane City could be the front runners for the Bargain Hunters Award with this great piece of business and they will be an even stronger force with the addition of a player that could have a definitive say in whether they finish in that Top 8 this season as they seemed to lack an extra gear in tight games where their defence couldn’t keep out more than the team could score.