Skippy joins Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Charlotte Eagles Nick Courtney (left) pushes Kickers Joseph Ngwenya out of the way during their USL PRO semi-final game last year

FORMER Warriors and US Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, midfielder Joseph “Skippy” Ngwenya, has moved to United States League (USL) Pro League side Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Pennsylvania from Richmond Kickers.


Riverhounds signed Ngwenya for this season and he made his debut for the team at the weekend against his former team Richmond Kickers.

Ngwenya’s side was beaten 3-1 in a match that saw him coming in as a substitute and assisting in the goal scored by teammate John Collins.

According to online publication TribLive, Ngwenya said his move was motivated by the drive to win the championship.

“I think what made the team appealing is their ambition. They want to be one of the best teams in the USL and want to win a championship. The set-up is very professional, and the fans are very noisy in the new stadium. That made it the most appealing for me,” he said.
Ngwenya added: “With some of the other guys they’re trying to bring in, it seems like they’re putting together a championship team. Also with the chance to play with the MVP of the league, I’m happy about coming here.”

Ngwenya has previously played for Cape Cod Crusaders (2003), LA Galaxy (2004 to 2006), Columbus Crew (2006 to 2007), Houston Dynamo (2007 and 2010), Austrian side Karnten (2008), Turkish team Antalyspor (2008 to 2009), DC united (2011) and Richmond Kickers in 2013.

Before being loaned out to Antalyspor, Ngwenya had signed a three-year contract with German side FC Bayern Munich.

He featured in an exhibition match against Borussia Dortmund.

Ngwenya who moved to the United States in 2000 to attend college and play soccer turned out for his Coastal Carolina University side Coastal Carolina Chanticleers from 2000 to 2003.

Former Highlanders midfielder Mubariki “Mamba” Chisoni and Chicken Inn striker Mkhokheli Dube played for Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in 2002 to 2004 and 2006 to 2007 respectively. Chisoni and Ngwenya were also teammates at LA Galaxy in 2005.