Sangweni Back with Loads of Experience to Impart

Usuthu young midfield ace Thamsanqa Sangweni has praised the warm reception in the Bafana Bafana camp as the key to his successful week long spell in the senior national set up. 

The youthful player spoke to on Tuesday, his first ever training session at the Durban club in 2012 about his adventures: “It was very different from all the past experiences at U23.

I expected it to be a lot tougher since we played against formidable sides like Zambia and Ghana’s first teams, but the support from guys who were already there made things quite smoother,” said Sangweni.

The past Bafana Bafana fixtures were described by coach Pitso Mosimane as tough matches: “Ghana had a full strength side so my team should be commended because everyone was expecting us to lose by a huge margin,” the coach told media.

 The 23 year old former Dondotha FC man has surely earned his stripes at Shakes Mashaba’s SA U23 side, but was modest to the fact he helped the national team silence critics this past Sunday when he netting a screamer in the 1-1 yielding friendly against AFCON favourites Ghana.

“I can’t say much about that really, the coach was very supportive to everyone.

He showed us what he expected us to do over video analysis before each match, and everything came together nicely because the rest of the team was also supportive especially since it was only me and Brilliant (AmaZulu keeper Nhlanhla Khuzwayo currently on loan to Thanda Royal Zulu) who were from KZN,” he added.

Now ‘General’ says he hopes to maintain the same modus operandi at Usuthu as he casts his eyes on catching up with teammates at training.  

“I’m expecting an even tougher second round for us, so I’m hoping that with the time we will have we can find more understanding of what needs to be done before we resume playing again,” said Sangweni.

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