Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
FC Platinum new signing Stanley Ngala says joining the champions has opened more doors for him as anticipates a great year.
The forward joined Platinum at the beginning of this year after having a successful 2019 season at Manica Diamonds.
He scored on his debut match in the CAF Champions league against Al Ahly of Egypt, in his first continental match.
He said the year started on a good note and he promises more.
“Joining FC Platinum has been a dream came true for me. It opened doors for me. My stay has been okay, the guys welcomed me with both hands and made me feel at home.
“I played my first continental match. I won my first career gold medal with them. The future looks bright.
“I also got my first national team call up. It has been few months so far but a lot of great things has happened. I am positive this will be a great year,” said Ngala.
Ngala was part of the team that defeated Highlanders 2-0 at Barbourfields on Saturday that saw them lifting the Castle challenge cup.
It was Ngala’s first career ‘gold’ medal.
“Winning the castle lager super cup gold medal means a lot to my career.
“I believe it will open doors for more gold medals to come, the feeling is above the rooftop. I dedicate the medal to my late father he would be proud seeing it hanging on the wall.
“This is my first gold medal and more are on their way,” added the 24-year old star.
The former Bulawayo Chiefs star said the call up to the national team for CHAN finals boosted his confidence.
“Being called to the National team is everyone’s wish as it shows that your hard work is being appreciated.
“I am happy about the call as I believe it will boost my confidence getting into the 2020 PSL season.
“The goal is to continue where I left off at Manica Diamonds last season and I know God will never leave me alone he has taken me this far not to fail.
“My targets for the upcoming season are to first defend the league title which was won by Fc Platinum as a team.
“As a striker I want to score as many goals as possible and it would be an honor to win the golden boot. I want to score more goals than I did last season. The number should be double digits,” he added.
Last year Ngala scored eleven goals, three behind golden Boot winner Clive Augusto.
The forward took time to take us through his journey. He said it has a lot of ups and downs but they made him who he is today.
Ngala once had a fracture in Botswana and that set him out for the whole year.
“In my short football career I have turned up for BlackBoots FC in Bulawayo (southern region D1), I was still in school then, for two seasons.
“In my second season with BlackBoots I scored 12 goals coming second to Edmore Chirambare by then he was at Tsholotsho.
“I then moved to Bulawayo Chiefs in D1 before moving to Mochudi centre chiefs of Botswana in that same year, things did not go well there.
“I scored only twice in 15 games, I had a fracture, came home and stayed home for the whole year in 2017,”.
“When I recovered i joined Tsholotsho after they got relegated and I scored 6 goals before Bulawayo Chiefs took me mid-season when they got promoted.
“I scored again on my debut vs Bulawayo City we won 4-2 and assisted all the goals and I scored 1. 2019 was with Manica Diamonds and I am now at FC Platinum,” he added.
Ngala said the best from him is yet to come.