Stellenbosch FC’s signing of Nathan Sinkala was described as a huge scoop as the hugely talented and experienced midfielder arrived in Mzansi.
Sinkala joined the Absa Premiership rookies from African giants TP Mazembe of Congo where he won the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup - including the 2012 AFCON with Zambia’s Chipolopolo.
Though Stellies has a top professional set up and one of South Africa’s wealthiest men in Johan Ruppert, it still became a surprise to join the small Western Cape club.
"So far so good, Cape Town has been great. The move to (Stellenbosch) was a surprise to me also because my agent was the one who was talking to Stellenbosch. He told me in the last minute that look I have a team for you, so yeah,” said Sinkala via Sport24.
"Look there is not much difference between Mazembe and Stellenbosch, although TP Mazembe is a bigger club than Stellies, but the leagues are different. Here it is more competitive than in Congo. In Congo you have about 3 or 4 teams which are big teams, but here every team is strong and competitive."
The 29-year-old concluded the chat by revealing his simple reasons to leave Lubumbashi for the Cape Winelands.
"First of all, when I was leaving TP Mazembe, I just decided on myself that I needed a new challenge, which I am here now.
"Stellenbosch is a new team in the PSL, our target is to stay in the PSL and then next season that is when we can start competing and challenging to win the League and go play Champions League football. But for now, our main focus is to stay in the PSL,” concluded the midfielder.