Dlamini relishes Usuthu’s competition for places


AmaZulu head coach Ayanda Dlamini is of the opinion that the strong competition for places in the club is raising the level of quality.

New Usuthu owner Sandile Zungu has signed a number of high-profile players including Xola Mlambo, Augustine Mulenga, Luvuyo Memela, Phakamani Mahlambi and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

‘Usuthu’ have also welcomed back several of their players from injury as they prepare to travel to Limpopo to meet Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership clash at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.

The AmaZulu coach is confident that his men would emerge victorious thanks to the new-found hunger to fight for places in the side.

“We are very happy; a lot of players are back [from injury]. The likes of Mbongeni Gumede, Buthelezi Ncube and Somila Ntsundwana. The only one that is still out is Sibusiso Magaqa. It gives us a lot of options,” said Dlamini.

“They [TTM] are a very good team, they have assembled a strong squad. They have shown in their games they are difficult to play against. We have analysed them and know what we have to do in Thohoyandou.

“But it is not going to be easy, it is always difficult to go there and play so we respect them. But we are going there to try and win the game.”

Usuthu have had a tough start to the new DStv Premiership season with a single victory, two defeat and two draws in five games.

Dlamini hopes their most recent signings in goalkeeper Veli Mothwa and forward Mahlambi foster more drive among the players.

“They are very good players, both of them. Veli was playing for Chippa and was doing very well, that is why we were interested in him. He is a leader; he was the captain of Chippa.

“Mahlambi we know is a very good player, we felt we needed someone like him in our team and we are very happy to have both of them here.

“It is a good thing to have competition among the players, everyone has to earn his position in the team. You know that if you are not doing well then there is someone who is going to take your place. Then it will be difficult to get it back,” concluded the former AmaZulu striker.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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