“We had several other offers but Katongo had a desire to go to South Africa,” Jensen said.
He said apart from South Africa, clubs from Denmark, Greece, France and Germany approached him with an offer for a three-month contract to enable the Africa Cup winner to keep fit but he decided to settle for Golden Arrows.
Katongo’s four-month deal with Arrows ends next month.
Other Zambian players who featured for Pirates are Perry Mutapa, Davies Mwape and Isaac Chansa while Collins Mbesuma is still on the books of the South African side.
Jensen said eyebrows were raised about Arrows’ ability to afford Katongo’s wages, which he described as ‘unbelievable’.
“Katongo was on unbelievable money because of the reputation he carried and the big clubs he had played for plus the Africa Cup of Nations win [with Zambia in 2012].
He was really high on salary. It’s obvious that he took a pay cut. But for him it was not about money, he was more concerned about being closer to his family,” Jensen said.
Arrows owner Mato Madlala said Katongo would not have been at Arrows had they not met his salary demands.
Katongo had stints with another South African side Jomo Cosmos, Danish side Brondby, Arminia Bielefeld of Germany, Greek side Skoda Xanthi and Chinese outfit Henan Jienye.