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Ngwenya misses MLS pre-season training


Former Warriors and US Major League Soccer (MLS) DC United midfielder Joseph Ngwenya will miss out on his club’s preparations as he is still in the country on “other business.”

Ngwenya, who turned out for Railstars before leaving for the US, was on Tuesday seen training with newly-promoted Chicken Inn.

“They (DC United) will be starting preparations soon, but I am still here, I have some stuff that I have to sort out,” Ngwenya said.

A source at Railstars, where Ngwenya was training last week told NewsDay Sport on Thursday that the player indicated he would be going back to the US in two weeks.

“DC United announced today (Tuesday) the club’s pre-season schedule, as the team prepares for the 2011 Major League Soccer campaign.

“Players are set to report to RFK Stadium on Friday, January 21 for a preliminary meeting and fitness testing.

“The Black-and-Red begin training next week in Washington before departing the Metro area on January 31.

“Media availability times and locations for next week will be announced tomorrow,” reads the website.

The club will also train from February 1 to 12 when they will play exhibition matches to build fitness levels.

The 2011 MLS season starts in March. Ngwenya went to Mzilikazi High School in the City of Kings and Queens and led the school to the 1999 National Association of School Heads championship before obtaining a scholarship to the US in 2000 where he played college soccer at Coastal Carolina.

During his college days he also played in the USL Premier Development League for Cape Cod Crusaders where he banged in 17 goals in 13 matches.

Ngwenya was then drafted third overall of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles Galaxy where he played as a striker and a midfielder and finished the season with four goals in 22 games.

In the period following the 2006 season, Ngwenya went to Spain for trials with Division One side Getafe where he failed to secure a contract and he then joined Houston Dynamo during the 2007.

He was signed by Bundesliga club SK Austria Karnten in 2008.

He then stayed for a year without a club before returning to Houston Dynamo and then he was selected by United with the first pick of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Ngwenya was named in Zimbabwe’s squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, and started against Guinea and his first home game was against Namibia, under then Brazilian coach Valinhos.

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