After a season where he made the bench against the likes of FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon, SAD Belenenses midfielder Sphephelo Sithole has declared his readiness for a season where he would start playing first team football in Portugal .
The 21-year-old from Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal, has been the glue of the midfield for Belenenses’s U23 side this season as they were rated amongst the best U23 teams with their flair and a beautiful passing game.
Sithole was also part of the first team squad for the past 12 months and was even included in the match day squads a few times, unfortunately did not make it off the bench in any of those games.
Being on the bench alone was a good experience for him as he feels he is more than ready for the challenge now .
“I mm ready to be a full-time first team player, the coaches have been preparing me very well over the past few months and I am definitely ready. I have already started training hard everyday for the challenge I want to be at a 100% when the time comes next season,” Sithole told FARPost.
Asked about the challenges he might face with the competition tight in the midfield the KZN academy graduate replied: “Yes, yes there are a few guys in central midfield who are the core of the team, but it,s all about competing and most of them are above the age of 27 so yeah I will have go wait for my chance and grab it with both hands when it comes.”
It still remains to be seen what the way forward will be with the Portuguese Primeira Liga this season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and eventual forced break.
FC Porto leading Benfica by a point at the top of the standings, but whatever the decision Belenenses will be guaranteed safety as they are far away from the relegation zone in the standings therefore a spot in the topflight is secured for next season in Portugal.
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By Prince Sobayeni