De Jong: It’s been frustrating

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AmaZulu FC striker Andre de Jong says not being able to score goals for the club has been frustrating.

De Jong is yet to find the back for ‘Usuthu’ this season in nine appearances in all competitions.

“Yeah frustrating,”de Jong says.

“Not aided obviously by the couple of changes in coaches and all that. But obviously I will have to give back or contribute to the team staying up for sure. But it’s been frustrating, very frustrating obviously.

“But that is part of football, we don’t take the good with the bad sometimes obviously. Hopefully when I get back, I can assist and score some goals for sure,” added De Jong.

The New Zealander refuse to blame his long-term injury for his lack of scoring this season, saying there are other factors that contributed to that.

“I think for sure yeah but prior to the injury obviously I was in and out of the squad little bit too much for my liking under the last coach. So hopefully I can become the mainstay under Ayanda [Dlamini] this time around, unlike under [Josef] Vukusic you know, where he changed…chop and change you know.”

“Yeah being injured and it’s been very frustrating. So basically, what happened back in November on the international break when I was playing for New Zealand against, a tour against Ireland and then that’s the way it happened in the second game, “admitted De Jong.

“We were playing on an artificial field; I just took a turn and the bottom of my boot studs got caught in a turf. Yeah, it’s been a very frustrating three and a half months now you know, trying to get back into running and now finally kicking…actually it was my first full training yesterday.

“So, it’s slowly coming. It’s been very frustrating especially given how the things have been going, there was a brilliant result against Chiefs but prior to that yeah, very frustrating.”

De Jong who is still left with two seasons at AmaZulu as he signed a three-year deal, says the support from the club management and technical team has been good.

“Very good actually, they allowed me to go home over Christmas because basically I couldn’t do anything, I just had to keep my weight perfect for the first two months.”

Asked if he would really be able to fill the boots of Emilano Tade, he said:

“Ha! ha! ha! Everyone compares me to him ha! ha! ha! But I think yeah you never wanna promise goals, but I’m hoping when I come back can definitely score some and assist obviously,” concluded De Jong.

Musa Nhlapo

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