Usuthu reflect on 2018/19 MDC season amid finale vs Baroka


Usuthu Reserves play their last match of the 2018/2019 Multichoice Diski Challenge against Baroka FC at the King Zwelithini Stadium on 23 February and Coach Ayanda Dlamini couldn’t be happier with his side’s improvement from last season.

The coach has praised his charges on the prospect of ending the season better than last season’s 13th log position going their bout against the Limpopo base outfit.

‘’It’s been a very good season for the team. There are many positives and a few minor issues to work on as well.’’

Having assumed the reins last season midday into the season, the former Usuthu striker is on the brink of steering his side towards a top 5 finish having challenged the championship all season long. A win over Baroka will give them 25 points.

The 34-year-old tactician admits that although there have been instances where he felt the team could’ve done better, the main objective remains on seeing players graduating into the first team.

‘’We let ourselves down quite a number of times but we managed to pull ourselves together too.’’

‘’For me as a coach there is nothing more rewarding than seeing these boys become successful, to see them realizing their dreams, I feel like I have completed my purpose when I see them doing well,’’ said Dlamini.

Vice-captain and 22-year old defender, Sbusiso Maluleke echoed Dlamini’s sentiments on how they could have done better this season but maintains remains coy on what the future holds.

‘’We’ve had a few games where we’ve let ourselves down but it’s a learning curve for us as a team.’’

There were matches Maluleke and his peers made a strong statement in their campaign but the lanky centre-back identifies their 3-1 opening league win against Orlando Pirates as one to remember.

‘’My highlights of the season were when we won against Orlando Pirates and having one of my teammates Bayanda Shangase being called up to represent the under 20 at national level in Niger.’’

‘’Another highlight for me was having Ayanda Dlamini as coach, I believe that he is a top coach who also doubles as a father figure for us when the need arises,’’ said Maluleke.

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