Usuthu MDC’s Mfan’fikile Dlamini up for first team chance

The year 2020 may be one many people can be forgiven for wanting to shelve away quickly from their memories, but for the 21-year centre-midfielder it is a year which earned him keys to unlock his future.

During lockdown, a few months ago he graduated for his Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Community Development and Sociology from the University of KwaZulu Natal in a virtual ceremony.

The Newlands West born man owes his opportunity to the recent departure of veteran central midfielders, Michael Morton and Nhlanhla Vilakazi as it sets him up with a chance at coach Ayanda Dlamini’s squad in the upcoming 6 league matches.

“I will be forever grateful to AmaZulu for this opportunity, it is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

“I know this is where everything starts, I know I must work five times harder, but to be honest I am very happy. People who know me know how much this means to me.”

“Words cannot describe the feeling, I’ve been through a lot and even missed a couple of opportunities to go abroad because of school but that’s a story for another day.

“I’m trying hard to adapt and absorb the pressure of training with the big guns,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini is AmaZulu born and bred, having enrolled into the system as an 11-year-old to play for the U13s alongside fellow teammate then and to date, Sbusiso Magaqa. He has also turned out for Golden Arrows’ MDC team and the KZN Academy.

His teachable trait may well be a turning point in his career as he may find out in the future. He also happens to be cousin to former AmaZulu midfielder Mduduzi Nxele.

Other MDC players who were recently promoted into the first team at AmaZulu include, Thamsanqa Nombika (winger), Sphamandla Nene (right-back) and Sanele Gaxa (attacking midfielder).

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