Off the pitch with Bongani Mbhele

The spotlight this week falls on one of Usuthu’s brightest sons -attacking midfielder Bongani Mbele – who talks about life inside the camp and his ambitions this season. Where were you born?

Bongani Mbhele: I was born in Katlehong 26 years ago and I also went to school there. That is also where my football career started. What was life like for a young footballer in the 1990s growing up in the township?

BM: It was alright. I am a kasi boy and I was raised by both my parents and they raised us well. My dad, who was very supportive of my football career, passed away in 2010 while my sister passed away in 1997. My brothers are still there for me. Do you think that luck is the key to a successful football career?

BM: Ha ha ha … well luck is important in every career and relationships, but your luck must find you prepared. Working hard at training and respecting all the teammates and management is the key for me.

In football you accept any changes that come, you can never be comfortable and you must try to improve in every game. Speaking of relationships are you in a relationship?

BM: Yes and I am happy. Who was your favourite player for the last season amongst your teammates?

BM: I will have to say that Sthembiso Dlamini and Tsweu Mokoro were. Those are truly motivational players and have shown so much improvement in their performance. How would you rate your own performance last season?

BM: This is my third season with AmaZulu. I had a few injuries last season that kept me from playing as much as I would have loved.

I don’t want to lie, it is a privilege to be playing for AmaZulu – the largest club in KZN with 80 years of existence.

It is truly an honour to be part of that and I am enjoying every moment of being part of that.

From when I started with Moroka Swallow in 2005, I later joined Thanda Royal Zulu and I feel I made the right moving coming to AmaZulu, but I know I have to work harder this season. In camp who is the crazy player, the quiet player and the one with a very interesting character?

BM: The crazy player will have to be our goalkeeper and captain Tapuwa Kapini.

He makes everyone laugh and he is always in the same mood. The quiet player last season was Thami Sangweni. Yoh! I could hardly hear a word from that guy’s mouth.

The most interesting character will have to be our team driver, Ntokozo Mzobe, also known as ‘Mbizo’.

That man is funny, he has many rules and he doesn’t understand or sympathize with any late comers even when you’re five minutes late.

He is superman because he is still able to deal with all of us. Bosso ke Mbizo (Mbizo is the boss)!



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