AmaZulu Reserves aim to end the year in style


Sbusiso Maluleke

AmaZulu’s Reserves head for Seshego this weekend looking to close out the year with a victory against Polokwane City Reserves before the MultiChoice Diski Challenge takes a break for the festive season.

Coach Ayanda Dlamini’s side have enjoyed a splendid start to the competition. They currently occupy third spot on the log with five wins from nine outings.

They bounced back from a disappointing defeat to local rivals, Golden Arrows earlier in the month to beat Free Stars in Bethlehem last weekend.

Charlie Hlalele grabbed a brace at Goble Park.

Defender, Sbusiso Maluleke says the team was delighted to collect all three points, they were also happy to keep a clean sheet.

“It was important for us to bounce back, I thought we did really well to win in Bethlehem. Now we just have to finish of well,” Maluleke said.

The lanky centre-back also heaped praise on coach, Dlamini for their bright start.

“He is a great motivational speaker. I call him a tactician, he knows how to lift us up,” Maluleke said.

Usuthu’s Diski Boys are just five points behind pace setters, Cape Town City and Maluleke believes it is important for them to remain within touching distance.

“After winning a few games we started to believe. It is a young team but we can challenge for the title, it is entirely up to us and the work we put in,” Maluleke said.

Another positive for the team has been the national under-20 call up for striker, Bayanda Shangase who has netted five times this season.

“It is nice to see people you play with get called up. It makes you believe that one day you can also earn a call-up whether it is at junior or senior level,” Maluleke said.

Polokwane City Reserves are fourth on the log just a point behind Usuthu.

“They look like a strong team, big boys, we will have to fight hard,” Maluleke concluded.

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