More youngsters might soon make the transition from AmaZulu’s development to the first team after top performers from the U13, 15 & 17 teams were honoured at a year-end function on Friday, 13 October 2012.
The function, which was held at the club’s offices in Durban North, paid tribute to the now ended Durban Central League which saw all three age group teams finish among the top three in the league.
Development Head, Ronnie Moroka said: “At the moment we’re trying to put all the structures in place, trying to develop good habits. Once we see that working well then we will start making sure that we leave no stones unturned and looking at every aspect and trying to improve things.
“The function was more towards motivating every player that did well. Although it’s not about the results for us as a club, more than anything we’re looking at the number of players that we produce.
“And at the moment I think we’ve got more than six players that I think stand a chance to make it to the top, but again it depends on how they themselves want it,” said Moroka.
One of the lads who has been taking heed to such words throughout the season is 17 year striker Linda Bhengu who told AmaZulufc.net that this has led to him scoring 22 goals in their U17 stream.
“It is through working hard at training and listening to the coach’s instructions all the time and working through the assistance of my teammates that I was able to achieve this.
“If one wants to achieve something in life working hard is the only formula, “said Bhengu.
AmaZulu General Manager Peter O’Connor thanked the parents who have been supporting the players from day one since the league started.
The winners were:
U13 Category Winners
Best Player: Siyanda Ndlovu
Top Goal Scorer: Thulani Ngcwabane
U15 Category Winners
Best Player: Luyanda Gumede
Top Goal Scorer: Thembinkosi Gwala
U17 Category Winners
Best Player: Nkanyiso Zungu
Top Goal Scorer: Linda Bhengu
Sazi Ngubane’s U13 team, who were runners up in the league and as well as in the DCLFA Cup, did manage to win some silverware as they won the U13 Build It Tournament earlier in the season before recently winning the Bridge Loan invitational tournament.
Coach Justice Mtshali’s season has been a challenging one. From juggling his SAFA Level II coaching license to keeping his team going in a tough season he has outdone himself.
After taking a knock earlier in the season when they came close to winning the provincial Nike U15 Tournament finals, his team bravely dusted themselves off and managed to finish second in the log.
They recently won the DCLFA knockout challenge by ousting bitter rivals, Golden Arrows 3-1 in the final.
The U17 youngsters, coached by Lindokuhle Mkhize, have been in pole position throughout the season but will await a dispute affecting a team said to be equal with AmaZulu in points, before they can celebrate their success.