Steve Barker’s AmaZulu squad has received a boost with the arrival of experienced defenders Roscoe Pietersen, acquired from Supersport United, free agent Mbulelo Mabizela and striker Bongi Ntuli from Mamelodi Sundowns on a loan deal.
The trio’s deals were finalized on Thursday afternoon at the club’s Durban North offices. Both Mabizela (34) and Ntuli (23) have been tied to six month deals, while 25-year-old Pietersen joins on a permanent deal.
Cape Town born Pietersen says he’s excited to pursue his football career along the coast again as he looks to bring quality into the Durban-based side.
“It’s always good to be on the coast, Durban looks nice. Despite this log position there’s a lovely set up in the club, professionalism, world class facilities, the staff are good people and the players have welcomed me well,” said Pietersen.
The three become Usuthu’s first January transfer activity as the club makes efforts to bolster the squad ahead of the resumption of the league.
“I’m just hoping that I can add a bit of quality to the team. I obviously haven’t worked with coach Steve before, but he’d spoken to me prior to coming to the team that he’s looking for players with good character, with leadership skills and who can uplift players on the field,” he added.
Adapting to life under Steve Barker will not be too hard for Pietersen as the former Old Mutual Academy and Chippa United man has his cousin, Usuthu defender Robyn Johannes, to help him get used to the KZN way of life.Share