DUT Ladies attacking midfielder Hlengiwe Zuma feels the pressure of carrying her team on her shoulders in the Sasol KwaZulu Natal League.
Toana Banda’s troops are bottom of the log after seven matches and they’ve lost all their matches, with an avalanche of goals.
Speaking to FARPost after another devastating loss against table toppers Lindelani Ladies, who scored 10 unanswered goals on Sunday at John Dory, Zuma sounded in dismay.
“There is a lot of pressure on me, because I feel like every time I have the ball I feel like they expect me to make a run.
“It’s hard because I also get tired, I want to pass the ball to someone and I always make a run, they don’t create spaces they don’t call me, so I end up losing the ball,” she admitted.
“It has affected me a lot, I don’t wanna lie. At the beginning when I played for DUT this year, I found it challenging to play with the girls because they are very unfit.”
“Now I have to meet up to their level and play to their weaknesses, so for me I don’t wanna lie it’s very challenging to a point whereby it gets me depressed, I get so angry.
“I can’t even focus at my school work because the coach is always shouting at me for unnecessary mistakes.
“I feel like most of the time the reason why I play bad is because of the team and it’s affecting me a lot because she is always shouting at me and that makes me angry, it also affects my academic (life).
“I’ve thought of taking a break and go play with the boys and gain my confidence again, but it’s gonna seem disrespectful to the coach, they can even chase me out of the team, so it’s difficult,” said Zuma.
With the coach focusing on building a strong team for Varsity Cup, which will start in August, the Bachelor of Sports Science student doesn’t see the team improving.
“Honestly speaking no, because at the moment as we are playing there are some players that are not playing with us, they are training with other teams.
“By the time we are approaching Varsity Cup, that’s when they gonna come in and we’ll have to try to combine with them and understand them also.
“I feel like it’s difficult at the moment, playing with this weak team. I feel like I need to play with a better team to also get me motivated and I need some challenge.
“What’s happening at the moment is that they are getting fit and I’m going down, I’m not progressing,” concluded Zuma.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter