Usuthu attacking midfielder Charlie Hlalele has praised the club’s decision to expose the players to foreign playing conditions with two friendly matches against Eswatini premiership sides, Manzini Warriors and Mbabane Swallows this past weekend.
The Eastern Cape born 24-year-old who also obtained an assist when Usuthu won 2-0 against Manzini Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, welcomed the thought of being exposed to Eswatini football with the view to improve in upcoming league matches.
“We gained a lot of experience from the in terms of being able to play against other teams at an international level, we were able to see various styles of play from other teams different from the way we play at home.”
“I believe that playing such friendly games helps us immensely as a team, because we gain a lot of international exposure in terms of being to adapt to any style of play we may come across, ” he said.
The club also got to connect with its sponsors, Spar on 21 March when a delegation led by Head Coach Cavin Johnson visited Spar DC Lowveld in Nelspruit as well Spar Manzini where players interacted with the individuals who work there.
General Manager Lunga Sokhela and various departments from the club spent the week meeting a host of stakeholders in the country alongside Build It U13 representatives with the view to advance football development in KZN and at Eswatini.
Hlalele believes that it is vital for the club to show its appreciation of the loyalty and support they receive from supporters.
“The teams we played are very cultured, the people are very passionate about supporting their teams.
“We have many supporters from various cities and countries so it’s important for us as a club to pay them a visit, every, once in a while just to let them know that we appreciate their loyalty and support and to give back to communities as well,” said the 24-year-old man.
The former Tornado FC man is optimistic of the experience and exposure to different cultures will be crucial in his growth as player as he channels his energies towards breaking into the starting line up at Usuthu.Share