Dlamini: Reserves need time to adapt

Usuthu Reserves return home this weekend for the third round of the Multichoice Diski Challenge. Ayanda Dlamini’s side host Bloemfontein Celtic at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday aiming to register their first points of the campaign.

It has been a tough start for a relatively new group of players who will need time to adapt to the rigours of the league, Dlamini says.

“It has been challenging for them, they are very young. It will take time, but we are willing to be patient,” Dlamini said.

“They are showing some positive signs. Having 30 games is good because it gives them more game time to make the right decisions and play to the best of their ability.”

Back to back defeats to Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits means there is added pressure against the defending champions.

“This season we are looking to compete, we want to get the best out of them,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini says he expects it to be challenging for every team in the competition with the new under-21 rule and a number of players being promoted to the first team.

“We have to start collecting points now, this Celtic squad is also very new. We are playing at home and we have to make this count,” he said.

“The boys are excited but you can also see there is some nerves which is natural, Dlamini concluded.

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