Cape Town - AmaZulu manager Japhet Zwane said Bongani
Ndulula deserved a considerable amount of credit for the contribution that he
has made to Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
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Ndulula was only on the field for the first 58 minutes of
South Africa's 2-1 victory against Sudan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
However, the Usuthu striker had already played starring
roles in the national team’s early successes against Sudan and the Congo during
rounds one and three of qualifying.
Both of those matches were played away from home, in
notoriously hostile environments, and Zwane couldn't be any prouder of the
KwaZulu Natal outfit’s 24-year-old prodigy.
"We’re very proud as a club to have a player in the
national team, we’re proud of their qualification for AFCON too," Zwane
told the club’s website.
No secret has been made of the fact that AmaZulu are
currently dealing with considerable adversity and Ndulula’s success at the
national level has been the one piece of good news in what has otherwise been a
rather ghastly season for the club.
"To have a player in the national team is something we
pride ourselves with because it’s rare to have a player from a KwaZulu-Natal
club," added Zwane.
"You’ll remember there was a perception that you must
first go to Gauteng for you to get recognition in the national side.
"We’re proud of him, the coach (Mashaba) and the entire
squad for qualifying - they’ve done a tremendous job."
It is also hoped that Ndulula can convert the form at
international level into the Premiership and possibly help the club escape what
is a precarious position on the league standings.
"Yes he’s not scoring as we’d like him to at club level
but we believe when he’s doing well in the national team, then he can do well
in the club too," said Zwane.
"Obviously scoring begins at national team and comes
back to the club, we’re still waiting for him to do well for us. He did well
and showed aggression against Kaizer Chiefs in our last game and we hope that
he’ll do well in our next match."
The next opportunity for Ndulula to help Usuthu climb out of
the dreaded relegation zone will present itself during the league fixture
against Platinum Stars on Saturday, November 22.
Kick-off is at 18:00.