Madondo glad to be back home


AmaZulu midfielder Kulegani Madondo says he is happy with his recent transfer and looking forward to a successful stay with the club.

 

The 22-year-old penned a three-year-contract with Usuthu, signing from Maritzburg United, and he believes this was the best step to take to expand his career.

 

“My agent told me about the teams that were interested in me and I decided to join AmaZulu,” said Madondo.

 

“There were two other teams that were interested; I thought about it and I said I should join this club because it’s a good move for me.”

 

The Pietermaritzburg-born player is no stranger to AmaZulu having donned the colours in his junior years, and he believes he will do well alongside the current crop of players.

 

“When I first played for AmaZulu I was still very young,” he said. “It was before I moved to the Wits development so I’ve had the experience even though it was one and a half years,” Madondo says.

 

“This is like coming back home for me so I’m happy to be back.

 

“I think it will fit in well; they have good players who welcomed me very well and a good coach, I don’t think I will have a problem.”

 

Coach Roger Palmgren has spoken highly of his new signing and sees him as the ideal player to slot into the central midfield role, which was previously occupied by Thamsanqa Sangweni.

 

Madondo says he is ready for the challenge but is quick to point out that he will not be a direct replacement for the player who has since joined Mamelodi Sundowns.

 

“I don’t think Sangweni is a player like me or I’m a player like Sangweni; I’m my own player,” he said.

 

“I’m here to play in the same position but not to play like him, that can never happen in a million years; I’m here to play my own football.”

 

Despite the difficult start to the season which has seen Usuthu eliminated from the MTN8 and losing the opening two league fixtures, ‘Chillies’ is still confident that the club will bounce back and be more competitive during the remainder of the campaign.

 

“I want to win trophies and I want to make sure we finish in the top half of the log, which is very possible with the type players that we have; we just need to work hard, he said.

 

“As much as we started badly, the league is a marathon and it’s not about how you start.

 

“I’ve watched the games and as much as we have lost two games, I’m sure that everyone knows that we’ll turn things around.

 

“The club did well last season so we can’t be written off after two games; we’re going to do well.”

 

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