Usuthu striker Mfanafuthi Dlamini welcomes the prospect of using the Multichoice Diski Challenge as a stepping stone towards regular first team football as AmaZulu prepare to meet Free State Stars on Wednesday.
“For me this opportunity helps a lot because it keeps one on the urge while fighting to get into the 18-man squad and become a regular first team player,” he says.
“It was quite difficult to play with new players that I’m not used to playing with. At the same time it was good for me to gain more confidence and show that I’m capable of performing because the Diski Challenge gives that advantage,” said the 24 year old of the first reserve league game he played in.
The Maritzburg-born striker, who finished as Durban Warriors’ (AmaZulu sister team) leading goal scorer last season in the ABC Motsepe League, says the transition into first team football is a process.
“Honestly though the big picture for me is to fight for a place in the first team, and I have already gotten a few matches to show what I can do.
“I won’t lie, some of the young players have potential even though some of them are still very young. And you saw in the previous game they started getting cramps at some stages of the game. They’re seeing how demanding the big stage is. In the next game we must be up for the task,” said Dlamini.
AmaZulu go up against Free State Stars in their next Diski Challenge match up at the Nike Centre (B). Kickoff is at 12pm on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.
Meanwhile, the AmaZulu first team travel to the Bidvest Stadium this week to take on Bidvest Wits on Friday, 26 September.Share