Shakes Zwane Ecstatic Over First Cup as Coach

AmaZulu FC U13 coach and former Usuthu midfielder Nhlanhla ‘’Shakes” Zwane has thanked club management for granting him the opportunity to plough back to Usuthu youth as his U13s lifted the DCLFA knockout trophy, defeating rivals KZN Academy 3-0 on 17 November.

Zwane’s U13 squad emerged the only winners of all three AmaZulu youth age groups in the competition as the U15s fell 5-3 on penalties to the KZN Academy in the final at Berea Rivers on Saturday morning while the U17s were knocked out in the semifinal last week.

Shakes however elected to give all the plaudits to the collective force behind the green and white army.

‘’I would like to thank the management at AmaZulu FC for their support and to the parents as well. I am very proud of how my boys played throughout the final, credit must also go to them.’’

‘’It was important that we win this cup as we were disappointed that we didn’t win the league so it was important that we redeem ourselves. I’m very happy that we managed to win this cup,’’ he said.

Zwane also expressed his joy at winning his first cup as a coach.

‘’I’m ecstatic at the fact that this is my first cup as a coach. This is a learning curve as well for myself as a coach,’’ said Zwane.

The 37 year old man concedes though that despite the success under the guidance of youth technical director Ronnie Moroka the dream remains to produce youngsters who will go far beyond what him and his former teammates, current coaches Ayanda Dlamini (Reserve coach) and Bukasa Kasonga (U19 coach) achieved as players with Usuthu.

The sentiments are shared by U15 coach Lindokuhle “Dinto” Mkhize.

“It is not always about winning, it’s also about developing the boys character. Myself and coach Dinto’s dream is to see all of the boys play for the first team one day,’’ Zwane said.

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