Shuaib Walters compares Mpumalanga Black Aces to Premier League leaders Leicester City
Posted: 17 February 2016 Time: 11:17
Mpumalanga Black Aces goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters has compared their underdog status to that of Premier League log leaders Leicester City.
Walters joined AmaZayoni at the beginning of the season from Maritzburg United, and has enjoyed 16 starts in their 19 league matches thus far.
Muhsin Ertugral's side emerged as strong title challenges early on in the season but have since dropped to third on the log, and currently trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by nine points.
Aces boast a joint-best defensive record in the league with The Brazilians so far this season, with both teams having conceded just 14 goals in their 19 games.
The Cape Town-born shot-stopper has praised his defensive unit for their hard work, and reveals the team's aim is to let through no more than 20 goals in total.
Fortunately my defence has done great this season, we have all been working very hard," Walters told the PSL's official website.
"It’s a team effort as well, because we start defending from the front. We set a goal of conceding only 20 goals this season, and having conceded 14 from 19 games, so we are still on track to do that."
The 34-year-old also praises the unsung heroes that have been instrumental to the team's success thus far this season, including coach Ertugral.
"Guys like Thanduyise Khuboni, he’s strong in the middle for us. Mpho Matsi next to him has also been very consistent. Eddie Ngalo, the veteran as well," he added.
"A lot of it [the success] has also been down to the structure we have here, and the head coach.
"He could take 11 players from the NFD and make us a competitive side. He knows how to get the best out of the players, how to structure us."
Finally, Walters likens the Mpumalanga-based side's performance to that of The Foxes in England, while admitting their title challenge is still in tact.
"We’re a good team unit. It would be fair to compare us to a team like Leicester, and Ertugral to a coach like Claudio Ranieri.
"You never know [where we could end up], there is a still a long way to go. Our first target was 40 points, so let’s reach that first and take it from there," he concluded.