AmaZulu FC head coach Ayanda Dlamini has welcomed the signing of Veli Mothwa and Phakamani Mahlambi saying the competition in his squad will increase.
Forward Mahlambi, 23, has joined the KwaZulu-Natal giants on a season-long loan deal from Mamelodi Sundowns, while goalkeeper Mothwa, 29, has been snapped by Usuthu on a two-year deal from Chippa United.
“Both of them are very, very good players. Veli was playing for Chippa United, he has done very well and that’s why we were interested in him coming here. He is a leader and was captain of Chippa United,” Dlamini said.
“Mahlambi is very, very good player. We felt we needed someone like him in our team. We are very happy to have a player like him in our squad. It’s a good thing to have competition in the team because now everyone has to earn his place in the team.
“You know if you are not doing well there’s someone who is going to take your space and it’s going to be difficult to get it back. So it’s good to have many options in the team.”
AmaZulu were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Town City at home in their last DStv Premiership match last weekend and they are set to face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in Thohoyandou on Saturday.
The team has been boosted by the availability of central midfielder Butholwethu Ncube and defender Mbongeni Gumede, but attacking midfielder Sbusiso Magaqa will not be available against TTM.
“We are very happy. Players that were not available against Cape Town City are back, they have been cleared by our doctors, the likes Butholwethu Ncube, Mbongeni Gumede,” Dlamini said.
“The only person that is still out is Sbusiso Magaqa, who hasn’t been cleared to train but we are happy with the returnees, it gives us more options.”
Dlamini says they have analysed Tshakhuma, who are undefeated in their last two DStv Premiership matches having drawn 1-1 with Chippa United in their previous game which was played last weekend.
“They are a very good team [TTM]. They’ve assembled a good squad, very very strong one, and they’ve shown in their games that it’s very hard to play against them,” he added.
“We’ve analysed them and know what to do in Thohoyandou but it’s always not easy to go there. We respect them.”
The match between AmaZulu and Tshakhuma will kick-off at 18h00 CAT.