AmaZulu Team Manager Japhet Zwane says they’re very proud as a team to have a member of their squad representing the country.
Zwane was speaking after Bafana Bafana managed to secure a spot in next year’s CAF Afcon tournament in Equatorial Guinea by beating Sudan 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium last Saturday.
Usuthu hitman, Bongani ‘Drogba’ Ndulula remains the only player in Shakes Mashaba’s squad and he has scored two vital goals so far on the road to Equatorial Guinea.
Zwane, a former Bafana international himself says they’re humbled by the qualification and hopes the team will do well in the tournament next year.
“We’re very proud as a club to have a player in the national team, we’re proud of their qualification for Afcon too,” said Zwane.
“To have a player in the national team is something we pride ourselves with because it’s rare to have a player from a KwaZulu-Natal club.
“You’ll remember there was a perception that you must first go to Gauteng for you to get recognition in the national side.
“We’re proud of him, the coach (Mashaba) and the entire squad for qualifying – they’ve done a tremendous job.”
Zwane also mentioned the fact that Ndulula is not scoring for the club as they’d like him to, they’re waiting for good things to come from him.
“Yes he’s not scoring as we’d like him to at club level but we believe when he’s doing well in the national team, then he can do well in the club too,” said Zwane.
“Obviously scoring begins at national team and comes back to the club, we’re still waiting for him to do well for us.
“He did well and showed aggression against Kaizer Chiefs in our last game and we hope that he’ll do well in our next match.”
The Aliwal North-born forward has netted for Bafana against Sudan and a spectacular bicycle kick goal versus Congo away.
Usuthu olumabhesh’ankone will tackle Platinum Stars when they resume their league campaign on November 22.Share