- South Africa is about to have its latest addition to a long list of players who left these shores for the United States of America
- Bafana Bafana and Maritzburg United striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane has signed on to play for Major League Soccer team Minnesota United
- The news was met with jubilation by Mzansi soccer fans, who started something of a takeover of the team's social media platforms to celebrate
Rising star Bongokuhle Hlongwane is about to leave these shores and head for the United States of America.
The Maritzburg United and Bafana Bafana centre forward is South Africa's latest export to Major League Soccer, having being signed by Minnesota United. He will join the team ahead of the new MLS season, which starts in February.
United, who finished fifth in the Western Conference, made the announcement on their Twitter account.
The club said in a statement on its website:
"Minnesota United announced today the club has signed South African international Bongokuhle Hlongwane, via transfer from South African Premier Division side Maritzburg United, to a three-year contract with a one-year club option.
"Hlongwane will be the club’s first U22 initiative signing and will join the Loons pending a physical and receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC. Additionally, he will occupy an international spot on Minnesota’s roster."
Head coach Adrian Heath added in the statement:
“The one thing we’ve spoken about is getting someone with game-changing pace on this roster. He has absolutely explosive pace, but he also looks to combine and build with his teammates. We love his raw talents, but his football IQ is exceptional."
Football fans at home were thrilled with the news.
"Good luck Bongokuhle Hlongwane! All the best!"
Xolile Mpunzu said:
"This team and its Facebook page now belong to us South Africans now... Good luck to our pride and joy, Bongz!"
David Motaung said:
"And they'll call him 'BONONGOKULE LONONGWANE'! Americans don't care about the real pronunciation of one's name. They just say it as they wish!"
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As reported by Sports Brief, the 36-year-old former Bafana Bafana star departed Mamelodi Sundowns after 10 glorious and trophy-laden years at the club.
It was thought he was retiring, but it turned out he was becoming a free agent instead.