Who is AmaZulu’s new striker Rhulani Manzini


AmaZulu FC’s new signing Rhulani Manzini is a well-travelled striker, who is now an established Absa Premiership player.

The bulky centre forward was born in Bushbuckridge which is the main town in the Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Manzini’s football career began at Mpumalanga-based outfit Batau FC, before he secured a move to Gauteng side Jomo Cosmos, who were campaigning in the elite league.

Ezenkosi handed him his debut in the Absa Premiership during the 2011/12 campaign. He was introduced in the 90th minute as Cosmos beat Platinum Stars 2-1 at the Makhulong Stadium in December 2011.

Manzini went on to make three more league appearances for Ezenkosi without finding the back of the net and the team was relegated to the National First Division (NFD) at the end of the campaign.

Prior to the 2013/14 season, Manzini was signed by NFD side Royal Eagles, who were known as Sivutsa Stars, where he struggled to establish himself – playing only six league games without scoring.

However, another NFD outfit Witbank Spurs came calling for Manzini’s services midway through the season and he joined Siyavutha, who are based in his home province, Mpumalanga.

The marksman had a successful short spell with Spurs – helping the club reach the last 16 of the 2013/14 Nedbank Cup and his displays for the club attracted interest from Absa Premiership side Platinum Stars.

Manzini could not make his mark in his debut appearance in the Absa Premiership as he played only nine matches and he netted once in the process during the 2014/15 campaign.

After parting ways with Stars, the frontman found a new home at Chippa United prior to the 2015/16 season. Manzini featured regularly for the Chilli Boys – making 21 appearances in all competitions and he netted four times.

The following campaign proved to be his breakthrough season in the top flight as the hard-working forward established himself as United’s first-choice striker and he helped the club reach the MTN8 Cup semi-finals.

Although, Manzini was hampered by a long-term injury – he impressively netted eight goals in nine league starts plus one goal in the MTN8 Cup against his former employers, Stars.

His exploits have now earned him a move to AmaZulu and he will be looking to hit the ground running when Usuthu face Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership game on 12 September 2017.

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