Xoki hails Josephs as master motivator

AmaZulu FC central defender Tapelo Xoki has praised Moeneeb ‘Slim Kat’ Josephs’ impact on the team.

Josephs served as Usuthu’s third-choice goalkeeper before the current campaign was suspended indefinitely in mid-March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was shortly after the 40-year-old shot-stopper was appointed assistant coach on an interim basis working under caretaker coach Ayanda Dlamini at the KwaZulu-Natal giants.

Xoki has praised the work being done by former Orlando Pirates star Josephs behind the scenes at AmaZulu.

“Moeneeb is a very positive guy, who always motivates his teammates. It is good to have such a player in the team,” Xoki said.

“Whenever he notices that one of his teammates is not having a good day either during matches or training sessions, he always looks to lift our spirits.”

Usuthu are placed 15th on the league standings which is the relegation play-off spot and they are only three points above 16th-placed Black Leopards.

Xoki, who has captained AmaZulu, revealed that Josephs has also been influential in ensuring that they remain motivated during the current lockdown which was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

“So, when we were told that he will be working with coach Ayanda, we were very happy with the management’s decision,” the 25-year-old player continued.

“It was quite easy for Moeneeb to make the transition from player to coach because he is a good leader and motivator.

“He has also played an important role during the current situation [lockdown] by making sure that everyone is motivated and the morale is good in the team.”

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