Tapelo Nyongo nearing full training


Usuthu centre back Tapelo Nyongo (24) is delighted with the progress of his rehab as AmaZulu FC complete two week of pre-season training ahead of an exciting 2019/2020 Absa Premiership season.

The Old Mutual Academy alumnus obtained sustained a knee injury in April which has seen him itching for a return to full action for months.

The Khayelitsha born man is eager for the Usuthu’s medical department to issue him with the green light to join his teammates on the park.

‘’Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the medical staff, technical team and my teammates for all the support they gave me during this difficult time. It hasn’t been easy.’’

‘’It has been great being back even though I haven’t yet reached 100 percent. Just to see everybody and interact with my teammates has been great, I am looking forward to working hard and regaining full fitness again,’’ he said.

With over 5 years at the KZN outfit Nyongo remains the longest serving player at Usuthu with the recent departure of fellow defender Marc Van Heerden.

Although his program is still very much at rehab stage, the defender has praised the commitment his teammates have displayed during the Cavin Johnson’s pre-season camp in preparing for the tough season ahead will be crucial.

‘’Preseason is very vital, it prepares us for the upcoming season and all the hard work we put in will help us along the season, likewise playing in pre-season tournaments. It will assist us in making sure that we stay fit and become match fit by the time the season starts,’’ he concluded.

Of his own state of readiness, he said: My routine consists mostly of strengthening and balancing. This is going to be a tough season like any other season before, for us to do well we have to improve in all aspects of the game.’’

Other players also on the mend are midfielder, Butholezwe Ncube who suffered a knee sprain post Zimbabwe’s COSAFA camp last month.

Strikers Somila Ntsundwana and Bonginkosi Ntuli are being closely monitored due to minor knocks from training.

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