AmaZulu defender Thamsanqa Teyise: PSL schedule is tough
Posted: 3 December 2013 Time: 10:51
Thamsanqa Teyise talks to KickOff.com about his great form for AmaZulu this season, the upcoming KZN Derby, and his close relationship with Bongani Ndulula.
The 27-year-old defender is an ever-present for Usuthu so far this season, and says it feels good to have the trust of coach Craig Rosslee.
“I have played all 14 matches this season and I’m happy with the effort I have made. The coach believes that I can do the job, and it’s nice knowing your name is always on the coach’s teamsheet – but I’m not complacent about it.
“You have to make it count when you are on the field and fight for every ball, protect the goalkeeper and be more competitive.
AmaZulu drew 1-1 with Free State Stars on November 24, before beating Platinum Stars three days later, with Goodman Dlamini scoring a brace, and losing 2-0 to University of Pretoria. Usuthu are currently sixth on the log, and Teyise says he hopes they can keep up the results.
“Games are coming thick and fast of late and ahead of the loss against Tuks we knew we were going to lose that game, because we had played three games in six days.
“The League is tough and more challenging than ever but I hope we will maintain that top eight position.”
AmaZulu’s next match is a KwaZulu-Natal Derby against Golden Arrows on December 14 at King Zwelithini Stadium, and Teyise says the break for the Telkom Knockout Final will give them some time to prepare.
“We will have a long lay-off until we play that match, so it’s nice to see other teams playing and try to rectify the mistakes that have cost us, and recharge our batteries.
“We have 13 days to prepare for that match and we will go there in full force to attack and have that drive and desire to win.
“For a Derby it’s like you are at home as well, so despite the fact that it’s a home game for Arrows we expect to grab all three points.
“Arrows play streetwise football like us so the game will be decided by little details – possibly by the individual brilliance! They lost to Platinum Stars who we beat, so they will want to beat us.”
Teyise says his relationship with homeboy Ndulula is developing nicely this season.
The former Orlando Pirates striker signed for AmaZulu with minutes to spare on the last day of the January transfer window, and is Usuthu’s top scorer so far this season, with three League goals.
“We came along with each other in the Eastern Cape and we have played with each other for many years, being in the same dressing room and being coached by the same coaches from a tender age,” Teyise says.
“I was in touch with Bongani while he was at Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates. I was happy when he won so many trophies at Bucs.
“I was not exactly the reason he signed for AmaZulu, but I added my spice to it because he was not happy at Pirates as he was deemed surplus to requirements and I didn’t want that to happen to someone I had known for years and share a lot with.
“I told him the pressure wouldn’t be the same at AmaZulu. Here you will get game-time, and here we are together.
“We talk a lot. I’m sure you see in games when he scores I go and celebrate with him with that knee-jerk dancing, putting our hands on our heads and shaking our bodies and then falling down – it’s part of what we used to do.
“We encourage each other and we are pulling in one direction. If one of us has a bad game we talk to each other so as not to lose focus because the PSL is a long marathon.”