Hlanti motivated by Usuthu debut

AmaZulu defender Sifiso Hlanti says he is delighted after making his debut for the club during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Polokwane City.

The left fullback joined Usuthu from Thanda Royal Zulu at the start of the season and he says he is satisfied with his performance in his first official match for the club.

“I’m happy with the way I played, especially since it was my first competitive game of the season,” he said.

“The coach has always believed in me and he always says that no player is here to make up numbers; we are all here to compete and contribute within the team.

“He told me that my chance would come and now I just have to keep working hard because the competition for places is tight, not just for me but for everyone in the team.”

Coach Craig Rosslee was also full of praise for the 23-year-old defender, who made his professional debut with Lamontville Golden Arrows during the 2011/12 season.

“Hlanti did quite well in his first game, in trying conditions away from home against a team that was very motivated,” said Rosslee.

“We had about seven positional changes in the squad due to suspensions and injuries so well done to Hlanti and everyone who took part in Wednesday’s game.”

Hlanti will now hope to retain his place in the squad for Sunday’s Absa Premiership encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic, but he says the most important thing is for the team to collect maximum points.

“I’d like to play again against Celtic but that’s up to the coach,” he added. “At the end of the day I just want to see the team playing well and getting the win because we need the points to remain in the top half of the table.”

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