Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nomvete is grateful he has been given the chance to resurrect his fading overseas career with Salernitana in the Italian Serie B, according to a report in a leading local soccer publication.
Nomvete transferred from Kaizer Chiefs to Udinese three seasons ago in a deal worth R15million but has failed to cement a regular starting place at the club.
Following a good showing for South Africa at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, the Kwa-Mashu-born players agent Mike Makaab negotiated a loan deal that saw him move to the southern Italian club that Phil Masinga once played for.
All I need now is to play, as I didnt have much action at Udinese. Its unbelievable that I have not scored in an official game since arriving in Italy nearly three years ago, Nomvete told Kickoff magazine.
The former African Wanderers star said after an injury blighted 18 months he is grateful to be able to start afresh at the club which is based in the town of Salerna, close to the Italian port city of Naples.
Im not thinking about another move and am focusing on where I am now. Salernitana is a good club and Im settling in well because Im used to the Italian environment.
The 26-year-old Nomvete is playing in his preferred role as a striker in a 4-3-3 formation at his new club after being used as a right midfielder at Udinese.
Im mostly played on the right up front, almost an attacking winger role. I cant wait to score my first official goal on Italian soil, he told the bi-weekly magazine.
Nomvete is out of contract at the end of the season and will be free to move to a club of his choice.
At the moment, however, Bhele is focusing on the present.
As long as a coach gives me a chance, my overall performance on the field of play will take me further in my European career.
Theres nothing much to say at the moment well see when the season ends in June; then well talk again.
Nomvete has won 43 international caps for South Africa.