Augustine Ramphele – Usuthu’s rising star

One of the most exciting players in the AmaZulu FC squad, Augustine Ramphele, will be hoping to hit the ground running in his debut Absa Premiership season.

The gifted midfielder, who can operate both from the right-wing or left-wing, worked hard to improve his game in order to become a professional footballer.

Ramphele burst onto the scenes as a 20-year-old player during the 2012/13 campaign in the colours of Johannesburg-based outfit FC AK.

As a promising young winger managed to make nine appearances in the National First Division (NFD) for AK, who were relegated at the end of the campaign.

Ramphele had caught the eye of Baroka FC ahead of the 2013/14 season and he joined the Limpopo-based club where he made seven NFD appearances.

After their relegation from the Absa Premiership, Moroka Swallows, came calling for Ramphele’s services before the 2015/16 season and he joined the Soweto giants.

For the first time in his football career, the talented winger enjoyed regular game time in the NFD – making 19 appearances for the Dube Birds.

At the end of the 2015/16 campaign, Ramphele was not short of admirers and AmaZulu snapped him up as the club prepared for the new NFD season.

Ramphele continued his development during the 2016/17 campaign by playing a key role for Usuthu as the KwaZulu-Natal giants finished fifth in the league and the club narrowly missed out on a top three place.

The exciting winger, who is now 24, made 15 league appearances for Joey Antipas’ side and he found the back of the net four times in the process.

His incredible speed and skill will make him an important player for Usuthu during the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.

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