Dlamini keen to repay Zinnbauer’s faith


Kabelo Dlamini is eager to repay Josef Zinnbauer’s faith in him with some fine form, as one of the rising stars of an exciting Orlando Pirates side.

The 24-year-old is a kind of a player who shows terrific intelligence and his control of the game, and passing abilities makes him standout.

After a season spent adjusting to the Soweto giants system, Dlamini has now strung together some first-team appearances.

The crafty, creative footballer has played 10 games in all competitions for the Sea Robbers this season.

“It feels good to be back in the team. I have been working hard, and I’m happy to be getting game time now,” Dlamini told Orlandopiratesfc.com.

“The only thing I need to do now is grab this opportunity and make sure that I finish the season strong.”

‘Shuffle’ as he is affectionately known, admits the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals against Maritzburg United is one of his best highlights this season thus far. He came off from the bench to score an equalizer on the day, a goal that changed the game’s outcome. Pirates went on to win the match 3-1.

“The coach always tells me that I’m a good player and that I’m capable of creating goals. The main thing he told me is that I should improve on my aggression,” adds the ever-improving attacker.

“I have been working on that, and I feel like I’m improving. So, I’m happy to bring that to the team.”

Dlamini also reflected on their next DStv Premiership encounter against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, with the kick-off set for 17:00.

“Chippa is a ball-playing team. They’re also dangerous, plus they have been doing well in their last few games. We know we’re not going to have it easy against them, but we must continue to work hard and try to win the game,” he says in conclusion.

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