Hlalele keen to fight for his place at ‘Usuthu’ after 13 months

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With the Absa Premiership set to resume at the start of August, should the Premier Soccer League and the SA Football Association (SAFA) come to an agreement, AmaZulu attacking midfielder, Charlie Hlalele is eying a return after 13 months on the sidelines.

Usuthu, who are currently at risk of relegation down in 15th position on the log standings, still have to face Baroka, Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic, Black Leopards, Stellenbosch and Highlands Park in their remaining six matches.

Hlalele, who suffered an Achilles injury back in 2019 has yet to feature for Usuthu in the 2019/20 campaign but has recovered and ready to join Ayanda Dlamini’s team for the remaining six matches to be played in Gauteng.

“I sustained an injury two weeks prior to the start of the season and it took me quite a long-long time to recover,” said Hlalele.

“It was a painful process, but I had to take it one day at a time. I had to do my rehab, my strength, and always tried to stay positive and disciplined,” – Hlalele. Picture: AmaZulu. 

The former Tornado FC and Orlando Pirates reserve side midfielder has only made three league appearances for the KwaZulu Natal outfit since joining in 2018 and last featured for ‘Usuthu’ on the 11th of May 2019 in an away encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Hlalele is optimistic that he can to impress AmaZulu interim coach Dlamini. “Everyone knows, to be on the sidelines for so many months is not easy,” said the 25-year-old.

“It’s just that I need to work on my full fitness. If I am lucky enough, I can win my spot in the team, the squad or even in the starting line up in one of the remaining matches,” concluded Hlalele.

Dlamini’s men are flirting with relegation as they are second from the bottom of the table with 23 points in 24 matches. Their final six matches are against Baroka FC, Bidvest Wits, Celtic, Black Leopards, Stellenbosch and Highlands Park.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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