AmaZulufc.net gets up close and personal with Usuthu’s humble leading goal scorer, Goodman “Deco” Dlamini who also tells Silindile Xulu what it means to see the club racking in the points in the ABSA Premiership.
Silindile Xulu: How is the mood in the camp lately seeing as AmaZulu are sitting on 7th position on the log?
Goodman Dlamini: Everybody is happy and the team spirit is high. Our mission was to be on the top 8 and we’re there right now, the supporters want us to finish within the top 8 after a long time of not getting there.
SX: What can you say about this season overall?
GD: It hasn’t been easy, we lost a few home games and we were doing well away but now things are looking better. We have a vision of being on the top 8 and we’re on course towards meeting it.
SX: How is it like staying at the Club House?
GD: It is lovely, its saves a lot of money and it disciplines me as a person. It keeps me relaxed when not busy with training. I am not planning on moving out anytime soon.
SX: Some have considered you as a saviour at times with your magical goals at crucial moments usually during the dying stages of the match mainly against Platinum Stars (1st round) scored in the 87th minute, Moroka Swallows 75thminute away and recently against Black leopards away in the 91th. Is there a secret that you have?
GD: Yes as a person who is always near the box I always have that desire of scoring and using every second whether in the beginning or the end. I fight for every opportunity that I get – I want to score so I can uplift my team.
SX: Last season your game was nearly as explosive but this season it’s different anything special?
GD: I didn’t think or expect to be playing at this level. I had humble beginnings and played under different levels since I even played in the SAB Castle League and SAFA Vodacom League until I played for AmaZulu.
I was also lucky to have met experienced players like Thabo ‘Ntshebe’ Mabaso and other players who always believed in me and motivated me in my first season for AmaZulu.
SX: Everybody knows Deco, the Portuguese midfielder with an eye for goal. Is he your role model or icon?
GD: It all started when I was playing football back home at KwaNongoma whenever Barcelona was playing I used to talk a lot about him so they started calling me that. He is a player that I admire the most.
SX: In overseas football, which is the interesting team for you?
GD: Manchester United, I love everything about the club and its history.
SX: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
GD: Cristiano Ronaldo. He has all the skills and qualities of a footballer, he can shoot, take free kicks and he can score goals with his head. That’s makes him a great payer- he can just do all things.
SX: To add to your current short term achievements you were crowned as Man of the Match for the breath-taking Nedbank Cup Last 32 match against Ajax Cape Town where you contributed towards AmaZulu winning 4-3 on penalties. Were you expecting it and how can you describe that moment?
GD: I was very surprised and very much excited. I didn’t really expect it since there was another player from Ajax who was playing well. It was really a good feeling.
SX: So how did you spend that R5000 from Nedbank?
GD: Hahaha, I sent some home and spent the rest on my random needs.
SX: Let’s talk about the Nedbank Cup Semi-finals, what do you make of that match up?
GD: I was pleased with the draw and I was expecting Supersport United, it is hard to play in Goble Park, it is not a nice pitch to play on and would have been a challenge had we drawn against Free State Stars. It is also hard to play against the likes of Sundowns because of their large supporters when playing away. The kind of football that Supersport plays is easy to mark.