When a player is given the Drogba moniker, named after legendary Ivorian striker Didier Drogba who had a formidable career at Chelsea Football Club, fans have very high expectations. This was the case when South African football fans were introduced to Bongani Ndulula who joined Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in 2010.
BONGANI NDULULA’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER
The soccer player, who is from Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, had joined the Buccaneers after leaving defunct Free State club, Bloemfontein Celtics.
Ndulula’s time with Siwelele was short-lived as the club released him unexpectedly after just four games, leaving him clubless.
His move to Pirates gave him the recognition he needed as a 20 years old striker. However, in the three years with The Sea Robbers, Ndulula would only make 20 appearances and score four goals.
Ndulula has also had stints with Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United.
His first international goal for Bafana Bafana came in his debut against Sudan in a 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier. He scored his second one month later against Congo.
GOAL AGAINST MANCITY AND WITCHCRAFT
In 2013, after leaving Pirates, Ndulula signed a two-year deal with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) side, AmaZulu, where he would make 60 appearances and score 13 goals. One of those goals was against current European champions Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men, at the time, lost 2-1 to the Durban side.
Although he enjoyed more game time with Usuthu, Ndulula has recently revealed that he was a victim of witchcraft.
During his interview on Off The Pitch with TK in July 2022, he alleged that some players would use muti against each other in a battle for a position in the team.
Ndulula shared that while at AmaZulu, he would constantly have to play using a sponge inside his soccer boots because of the pain he suffered whenever he wore them.
“It is tough, it‘s tough in football. They bewitch you so much, you end up looking like you can’t play football at all. You get bewitched by the one sitting next you. The bewitching will make you miss the ball on the line. You end up asking yourself how it happened.
“At AmaZulu, my foot was in endless pain. Once I put on soccer boots and step on the pitch, the pain would start under my foot. The pain would only vanish when I put on my normal shoes after the game. I used to put a sponge inside the boot (to ease off the pain).”
WHERE IS BONGANI NDULULA NOW?
Ndulula, who is now 33, has not retired from football.
The footballer told Andile Ncube during his interview on Metro FM’s Sports Night Amplified in February this year that he has been a free agent since parting ways with the Chilli Boys at the end of 2016/17 DStv Premiership season and the search for a club has not been easy.
The striker, who is obsessed with Drogba, also shared that he has gone to home affairs to add the legendary name on his ID.