Thanda are sitting pretty

UNBEATEN after five games, with 13 points and 15 goals already in the bag, Thanda Royal Zulu FC are riding the crest of the wave.

It’s not just the fact they now occupy sole top spot on the National First Division log, it’s how they have done it that is most impressive.

The Amabhubesi are playing an attacking brand of soccer that is creating numerous scoring opportunities in every game – and thankfully, this season they are converting chances to goals.

The speedy interplay between defence, midfield and strikers is mesmerising their opponents.

Gone is the one-dimensional, predictable approach of the past when 50-50 balls were lobbed from the wings into the goalmouth.

Now fans are seeing superb diagonal running into spaces, lightning pace past defenders and passes being threaded through with precision.

There is also far more commitment, with the midfield invariably latching onto every second ball.

Calmness at the back has also been this season’s hallmark, coupled with tight marking that has seen only four goals conceded – three of which were soft and should have been prevented.

Credit for the success thus far must go squarely to head coach Roger Sikhakhane and his technical team.

The young Thanda lions are supremely fit, have incredible self belief and are playing as a solid team unit.


Yes, there are individual stars like Mhlengi Cele, who with his seven goal tally to date must already have attracted the eye of many a PSL scout.

But it’s a team game, and there is no weak link anywhere on the field.

After two consecutive 5-1 wins, Thanda take a break this weekend before heading south to meet FC Cape Town, recent conquerors of AmaZulu, on 12 October.

The away fixture will provide their toughest trial to date, but they will relish the challenge.


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