Form is temporary, class is permanent” – a phrase often used in sport to describe athletes who are going through a slump in form.
It was said of Lehlohonolo Majoro when he battled for form under former AmaZulu coaches Cavin Johnson and Jozef Vukusic as the striker was even close to being shown the door having been put on suspension.
But Majoro, 34, with his experience put up an impressive display, polished and measured in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Biological Safe Environment (BSE) to help ‘Usuthu’ avoid the dreaded chop to the second-tier league as the club finished in 13th place.
At the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign, Majoro was good in patches, but battling to regain the consistency and sharpness that had once defined his career as the goals had dried up.
However in the PSL Bio Bubble when it mattered the most with AmaZulu fighting relegation, Majoro made a sensational return to form as he netted two goals and provided two assists in as many matches under the guidance of former striker and head coach Ayanda Dlamini.
“I think my experience at this level has helped me a lot in terms of how the dynamics of football in South Africa works,” said Majoro.
“Things aren’t always going to go your way but it’s important that you keep giving it your best and never losing hope.
“It’s not always easy but training hard and keeping your head down to focus on the task at hand always pays off. I’ve had to adapt my game as time has gone on, to keep up with the game and I know what I have to offer, so I’m happy the coach has noticed that and has shown faith in me,” added the former Bafana Bafana international.
Majoro showered his partner in crime, Bongi Ntuli with praise for his considerable efforts in front of goal. Ntuli at some stage was in contention for the 2019-20 season Golden Boot award.
“The thing with Ntuli is that he is always a threat to the opposition, even when he’s having a bad game, he has the ability to create a moment of magic out of nothing,” noted Majoro.
“He has done it throughout this season and his numbers show that, the number of goals he has scored and assists he has provided, all that speaks for itself,” said the ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates star.
“We can relate to Dlamini a lot better as a person and coach because we can see he is one of us.
“He has the ability to calm us down, hype us up and get the best out of us in those pressure situations, which is important during these stages of the season. We believe in him and he believes in us,” concluded Majoro.
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