AmaZulu FC defender Tapelo Xoki has reflected on the 2019/20 season which saw Usuthu retain their status in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The KwaZulu-Natal giants found themselves in a relegation position for much of the season which was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
Upon the resumption of the campaign in a bio-bubble in Gauteng, AmaZulu moved away from the bottom two positions and ultimately, avoided relegation from the elite league.
Xoki was a regular for Usuthu throughout the season and he has lauded the team for showing character as the Durban-based side finished 13th on the Absa Premiership standings.
“It was one of the toughest seasons for us in terms of everything that happened during the campaign having to deal with COVID-19 pandemic towards the end of the season,” Xoki said.
“It was a season which showed that we can bounce back from a very difficult situation which we were in and that our character can withstand any challenge that we might face.
“One positive thing that I can take from the season is that our character showed that we belong in the league. I hope that we can take the positives and make sure that we build for the upcoming season.”
The 25-year-old player, who made 26 appearances across all competitions, explained that there are some positives which they can take into the new 2020/21 campaign.
“It was one of the most challenging seasons for us and for me personally. Even though there were some positives, it was very challenging, from the first round of the season until the end,” he added.
“In the end, we did manage to save the team and now we are looking forward to the 2020/21 season.”
The South African top-flight league will now be referred to as the DStv Premiership and the competition is set to start on October 24.