'Life in DR Congo is a living hell' - Badenhorst

'Life in DR Congo is a living hell' - Badenhorst
Felix Badenhorst of Swaziland and Michael Fetraniaina of Madagascar in action during their Cosafa Castle Cup match in Windhoek on 15 June 2016. Photo: BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 05, 2017. 13:00

Just after joining AS Vita in 2016, Swaziland striker Felix Badenhorst says he is not going back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The former Mbabane Swallows striker insists that life is not good in the country and his safety is a concern.

According to a report carried by a Swazi website, the Isihlangu Semnikati forward revealed that he does not want to ever return to the country.

In an interview with the website from camp in the 2017 COSAFA Cup in Rustenburg, South Africa, the forward says he will rather play his football elsewhere.

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“Life in DR Congo is a living hell. I don’t want to return there, I just want to play my football elsewhere other than Congo,” he said to the Times of Swaziland.

“I am not angry because I have not been playing regularly. That is not a problem with me because I have played many games, sometimes I am in and sometimes I sit on the bench.

“But the life in Congo is not good for me. It’s unhealthy and I lived in fear all the time. Congo is just Congo.

“It came to a point where I just felt I should pack up and go home because my safety is not guaranteed.

"I am not returning there. I told even the coach and team manager about this.”

Meanwhile, Badenhorst has vowed that if there were no offers on the table for him, he wouldn’t be thinking twice about re-joining his former club, Mbabane Swallows.

“I have already spoken to Gamedze (Swallows chairman, Victor) about coming back to Swallows and I am happy that his hands are open,” adds the forward.

“If I don’t get any offers I will be back at Swallows in the new season. I think I still have more years in me to play football.”




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