Boshoff shines in debut PSL season

AmaZulu FC’s goalkeeper Neil Boshoff has grasped his opportunity with both hands whenever he plays for the team.

The promising shot-stopper has caught the eye with his exploits between the sticks in his debut campaign in the Absa Premiership.

Boshoff, 24, came under the spotlight when he made his debut in the top flight league against Orlando Pirates earlier this season.

The AmaZulu academy product had to start in goal after Siyabonga Mbatha picked up an injury in the warm-up ahead of the clash with the Buccaneers.

Boshoff kept an impressive clean sheet against a star-studded Pirates side as the two teams drew 0-0 at the Mecca of South African football, Orlando Stadium.

Then-AmaZulu head coach Cavin Johnson praised Boshoff for his performance against the Soweto giants.
“It’s unfortunate, but you have to give the youngster [Neil] Boshoff a lot of credit. He’s been on the sidelines a lot of times,” Johnson told SuperSport TV.

“He’s been training well with the club for a few years now and all of sudden he gets called up in a big game against Orlando Pirates and puts his hand [up]. I’m happy for him.”

Boshoff’s next two league appearances were against Highlands Park and Mamelodi Sundowns as Usuthu recorded narrow defeats on the road.

The Durban-born keeper then proved his quality when he kept two clean sheets during the team’s back-to-back matches against Maritzburg United and Black Leopards.

Before he helped the KwaZulu-Natal giants secure a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic away at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium in December 2019.

The former Kloof High School student has since started in the draw against Cape Town City and the defeats to Sundowns and SuperSport United earlier this year.

Boshoff, who is blessed with good dexterity and reflexes, has shown that he has the potential to become a great goalkeeper with more game time.

Working with experienced shot-stoppers like Mbatha and Moeneeb Josephs and AmaZulu goalkeeper coach Davies Phiri can only help improve his game.

He has played 10 competitive matches this season which has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020.

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