Many would think coming from Premier division to play in the armature league is a child’s play, based on the levels.
However, the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League players are up against it as they look to develop their football careers to the next stage.
With games coming thick and fast, it is the survival of the fittest for teams, but players are the ones doing the job every week and they can feel the intensity.
With a few matches to play before the league comes to an end, title contenders are hungry for success and relegation haunted teams battle to avoid the drop, leaving players having to bruise for results.
A few young players who have not tasted professional football believe that this is the toughest league in the country.
Ethekwini Coastal FC goalkeeper Senzo Mhlangu still wants to get used to the lower league football, though he thinks it’s a huge challenge.
“I don’t want to lie I’m fine with playing in the ABC Motsepe League for now, I still need to learn and I believe this is the right place for me to develop my football because it’s really aggressive,” said Mhlangu.
Dabeka Sporting FC attacking midfielder Wandile Ndunakazi told FARPost that if a player can excel in this league, they will never struggle in the upper divisions.
“I’m used to playing football, I started playing 10 years ago and I’m able to express myself in the field.
“We push each other here because it’s tough, no one wants to be beaten, but we are positive we can win the league. We are playing to change our lives through football, so we must get promotion to the GladAfrica Championship, ” said Ndunakazi.
Durban FC midfielder Sazi ‘Mshishi’ Gumbi, who dreams of playing for Mamelodi Sundowns reckons those who play in professional football have much better experience and when they come to the ABC Motsepe League they don’t struggle much.
“We can carry the coaches instructions to the field but the opponents come prepared more than us. The coach advised me to play according to my strength, you never know who is watching on the stands, but the toughness of the league is a challenge.”
“This level is very tricky, players are physically and mentally fit but we have to push. My dream is play from Mamelodi Sundowns one day and I believe I need to polish my skills here so that one day I can play in the PSL,” said Gumbi.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter