Having been with AmaZulu for seven years and currently doing well with the team, Tapelo Xoki has revealed that he is still enjoying his time with the KwaZulu Natal outfit.
The Khayelitsha-born player has been a consistent performer for Usuthu since they got back to the Premier Soccer League and he sees no reason to look elsewhere for satisfaction.
Xoki told FARPost that unlike other players who like fancy life and playing for big teams in Johannesburg, he is content with how his life and football career have turned out at Usuthu.
“I’m on my seventh year with AmaZulu and I’m a family man, I’m very loyal to people who treat me well. The team has been my second home,” he said.
“It has always been my wish to have a season like this one, whereby the team is also recognized and challenging for honors. We also have KZN derbies that are hyping up now, maybe not to the level of the Soweto Derby.
“It’s something that we as the current players can say that we are the ones who revived the KZN Derby. So I’m someone who does not live for glamorous moments, I’m a simple guy and I like my things they way they are.
“Even that one (playing for a big team in Gauteng), yes it’s a dream for many players but I don’t really take it to my mind,” said Xoki.
The 26-year-old central defender is also aware that playing for Bafana Bafana requires consistency and he knows what he needs to do in order for him to stake his claim in the Bafana jersey.
“It’s every player’s dream to play for national team and it’s still a dream for me. But it’s not in my hands, at the end of the day I can only play well and be consistent. That may get me a nod in the national team.
“In the previous season I’ve not been consistent and I’m honest with myself to say maybe it was not yet the time for me.
“I’m just building in the consistency this season, so that I make sure if I get a chance I’m ready and I’m ready to stay in the set-up, not to be there and out.
“It’s a dream that I’ve always had, to play in the national team, it’s not something I’ll put myself under pressure for, I’m just focusing on my game and try to be consistency as I can, so that when that opportunity comes I can grab it with both hands,” added Xoki.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter