Cape Town - AmaZulu
captain Robyn Johannes insists that the impact Mbulelo Mabizela has had on the
Durban-based club has been significant.
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Mabizela, who fell out of favour with the regime at
Mpumalanga Black Aces towards the end of last year, has since found a new home
in Durban and Johannes thinks that he will have a critical role to play in the
outcome of the current campaign.
"I don't even think I have to comment on OJ's ability,
and I think everyone knows that," Johannes told KickOff.
Since Mabizela joined the club, AmaZulu's defence has become
that much more reliable but it is also perhaps worth noting that the defender
has contributed with three goals in the six Premiership matches he has played
for the club thus far.
"I was fortunate enough to play with him for two
seasons at Mamelodi Sundowns and he was always one of my best players, and he
knows that, he has been fantastic – his quality, confidence, and leadership
just rubs off onto everyone around him," added Johannes.
AmaZulu have been on somewhat of a tear since Mabizela
joined the club in January. The club has lost just one of the last five
Premiership matches and that defeat was recorded against a Mamelodi Sundowns
team that was starting to peak at that point in the season.
In between all of that there have been emphatic wins against
SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits, which has only served to enhance the club's
prospects of escaping relegation this season. Johannes believes that Mabizela
deserves a considerable amount of the credit for the positive change.
"Having said that, having him in the club and in the
team has been fantastic and a huge confidence boost, and not only myself but
for the rest of the players too," Johannes concluded.