Nhlumayo: Uthongathi unearth and groom players

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Uthongathi FC management and technical team are not concerned about the amount of quality players that have been sold to PSL teams during this transfer window.

In recent weeks the club has released Saziso Magawana (pictured below), Sbonelo Cele and Ntsikelelo Nxadi to Golden Arrows.

Meanwhile, Khethukuthula Ndlovu has moved to Swallows. Earlier in the year, Sinethemba Mngomezulu penned a pre-contract with TS Galaxy.

These are some the key players that played a pivotal role in the team’s strides last season in the GladAfrica Championship.

Uthongathi general manager Lungelo Nhlumayo told FARPost that the club is able to identify and groom good players and there are no regrets in selling some of their best players to DStv Premiership clubs.

“Even the ones that are leaving the team, we’ve groomed them in the team, so it’s not something new that we unearthed raw talent and subsequently sell them to big teams in the PSL.”

“We have no fears about that because we believe that once a player becomes part of Uthongathi FC, they play one or two seasons and get exposed to big teams.

“We believe that the talent that we currently have will also be exposed to the world and we have no fear about that,” he said.

“We do keep one or two players in each position, in all positions we make sure that we leave one experienced player so that the new players can learn and follow suits from them.

“So as much as we want to see growth of our players but we cannot compromise the structure of the team,” added Nhlumayo.

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By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter