Mbatha: Goalkeeper competition good for AmaZulu


AmaZulu FC goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha believes that competition in Usuthu’s goalkeeping department can only be good for the team.

The 28-year-old shot-stopper joined the club from Thanda Royal Zulu prior to the current season and he was in Usuthu goal in their last two Absa Premiership matches.

“It is not easy to compete with such talented and experienced goakeepers,” Mbatha told AmaZulufc.net.

“There is stiff competition for a place in the starting line-up which is good for the team.

Mbatha is competiting with Boalefa Pule and Energy Murambadoro, who have played for South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.

“We also have a very goalkeeper coach in (Davies) Phiri, who has been helping us to improve,” he continued.

“We are blessed with goalkeepers, who have international experience in Murambadoro and Pule.

Mbatha, who made his Absa Premiership in 2011 while playing for Bloemfontein Celtic, was instrumental in helping Thanda win the 2016/17 National First Division (NFD) title.

“There is also Mpendulo Dlamini, who is a very promising goalkeeper. So, there is quality within our goalkeeping department,” he added.

“I have also been around and I managed to gain some experience at Bloemfontein Celtic and Thanda in the NFD.

“So, I am well equipped to challenge for a place in the starting line-up,” he concluded.

Mbatha and his AmaZulu team-mates will take on Polokwane City in a league match at the King Zwelithini Stadium next week Wednesday.

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