Our players need exposure, says Maluhle

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Sapphire Ladies defender Vinolia Maluhle reckons the level of Sasol KwaZulu Natal League will improve with time, as well as that of her team.

The experienced center back has played in different levels of women’s football and believes her side has bright prospects.

She revealed to FARPost that her teammates who are inexperienced, need time to be on par with the required quality in the league.

“We are trying to work things out in my team, it’s not bad though, we are in our first season in the league. We have a lot of new players, who have not been exposed to this league, they are young from regional league,” she said.

“Most of them are hungry and determined to succeed but they need exposure to get experience, since some of them have never been into this kind of setup,” said Maluhle.

The 28-year-old former Banyana Banyana player believes she has a role to play in nurturing the young players and showing them how things are done in the provincial league.

“My role is to bring experience and assist the young ones to understand the dynamics of football.

“I believe it’s also important that I teach them what’s required from a player, to be selected for the national team.

“Discipline is important for any football player, in the national team discipline is their first quality,  if you are ill-disciplined, you will not make it there.

“When you are in the national team, you meet people from different backgrounds and there is a lot to learn from them, because you come from different provinces.

“Also, it’s important to be dedicated to what you are doing as a player, you also need to be passionate about what you are doing,” added Maluhle.

With her team slowly getting off the mark, after suffering defeats in the first four matches of the season, there is hope for improvement.

“We discussed the plans for the season with the owner of the club and we also had sessions where we discussed the expectations for our first season,” she continued.

“As a team, we are still new in the Sasol League so a lot of teams will target us, to collect points from us, so we also needed to be aware of that and not allow teams to beat us.

“We have a chance to avoid relegation, only if we can tell ourselves that we won’t be defeated by other girls.

“We can match them pound for pound, so we need to maintain the status of the team in the league until next season,” concluded Maluhle.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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