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Aubrey Ngoma defends Orlando Pirates failure as he looks to someday return to 'the highest level'

The 27-year-old winger has been a subject of transfer speculation since receiving plaudits from Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, who was subsequently slammed by City boss John Comitis.
While Ngoma was undoubtedly a standout performer for the Citizens last season – tallying seven goals and 16 assists in 33 starts – question marks have been raised as to whether he could cope at a 'big' club after his failed stint with Orlando Pirates.
The former AmaTuks attacker admits he had a tough time at the Buccaneers but insists he has matured since leaving the Mayfair-based outfit in 2015, and believes the timing of his arrival made it difficult for him to grab the opportunity.
"To be honest, I think maybe the timing of the move [from University of Pretoria to Pirates] wasn't right for me," admits Ngoma.
"I could say it goes with maturity as well, [because], when you play for a team like Orlando Pirates, the supporters demand a lot from you.
"At the time there were players that had been there and won trophies before, like Daine Klate, who I had been sharing the [left-wing] position with, and, not to say that it was easy but, it was much easier for him [to handle the situation] than for me.
"I had to learn from that situation and take it in my stride, and hope that it would build me as a player, as well as my character, which I think it did."
Though Ngoma says he is happy at his current club, the thought of one day playing at a higher level is still one that appeals to him as he eyes further improvement in his game once he recovers from his knee injury.
"It's always been a dream for me to play at the highest level. I took that as a minor setback when things weren't going my way at Pirates," he adds.
"I had to bounce back and show character that I'm not the player they thought I was, I'm a much better player than they thought I was.
"I had to work hard. I sustained two injuries while I was on loan from Pirates and when I moved permanently to Aces. I had to overcome those setbacks and still manage to perform at the level I believe I can.
"I think last season I was almost close to where I believe I should be. Hopefully I come back strong from this injury and improve my stats and the type of player I am."


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