Chawapiwa: Freese’s experience major boost


AmaZulu FC attacking midfielder Talent Chawapiwa says he is looking forward to the new 2020/21 season.

The Zimbabwe international helped Usuthu finish 13th on the Absa Premiership standings in his first full campaign (2019/20) with the club.

DStv has since replaced Absa as sponsors of the Premier Soccer League (PSL)’s headline top-flight league.

The competition will now be known as the DStv Premiership and Chawapiwa explained that they are eyeing a good start to the new campaign.

“As a player, I am feeling very excited because it is a new beginning and it is the start of a new season. Everyone has the same opportunity to do better,” Chawapiwa said.

“How we start the season will determine how will end the season. So far everything is going well [regarding pre-season training].”

AmaZulu mentor Ayanda Dlamini, who is a retired striker, is preparing for his maiden full season as the club’s head coach after guiding the team to safety last season as an interim coach.

“Everyone understands coach Ayanda because even before he was the head coach, he would come and watch [our training sessions],” Chawapiwa explained.

“He knows the style of the team and it is good to have him around. He is someone who has played the game before and someone, who understands football and players better.”

The 28-year-old believes that the team will benefit from the AmaZulu’s new assistant coach Allan Freese, who joined the club at the end of the 2019/20 season.

“With coach Freese coming in, it is a major boost because you cannot buy his experience. The experience that he has will help us in the new season and beyond that,” he concluded.

Freese previously served as the assistant coach at Highlands Park and he also guided Platinum Stars to MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup triumphs in 2013.

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