By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-03-14
SOCCER- GOALKEEPER Banele Dlamini has voiced out his frustration at playing second fiddle to Romanus Igidimba in the fight to be Manzini Wanderers’ first choice goalkeeper.
Dlamini joined Wanderers in January 2017 and was first choice until the Weslians signed Nigerian shotstopper Igidimba ahead of the start of the current season. Igidimba soon assumed the first choice position, something that has seen Dlamini play only five times this season. The former Red Lions goalkeeper admits that sitting on the bench has not been easy to accept.
“It’s frustrating. It’s tough. Sitting on the bench is not easy. I played the first three games of the season but then the new goalkeeper came in and I haven’t played much since,” Dlamini said.
The shotstopper adds that he considered leaving the club in January but was prevented from doing so by management.
“I looked at other options in January but when I asked to leave the club refused. They have since promised me gametime and when I do get that chance I will make sure I grab it with both hands. I still believe in myself. I don’t want to leave Wanderers, I grew up supporting this club and joining it was a dream come true. I’m growing here even though I am not playing as much as I would like to. So for now I’m going to stay and fight for my place in the team,” Dlamini said. The goalkeeper then heaped praises on the club’s supporters as well as coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe. “Without the supporters we are nothing. Every matchday they are behind us and they encourage us.
We win some matches solely because of their support. All of us want to give it our all in the SwaziBank Cup and finish as high as possible in the League.
We understand that the SwaziBank Cup is perhaps our last chance to win silverware this season so we want to do well. The team is improving everyday. We have a very good coach in Nyanga. We believe in him and his methods,” Dlamini concluded.
Wanderers beat Vovovo 1-0 in the SwaziBank Cup last 16 this past Saturday at King Sobhuza Stadium in Nhlangano to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
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