Mthembu: Patience pays off


Mthembu has been very slow off the mark since returning to the club that was temporarily his home at the start of his professional career in 2008.

'Shaka Zulu' is yet to score, having started a single game and come on as a substitute in seven games – in six of which he replaced Kingston Nkhatha.


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“To be honest I cannot be crying much about being given a chance because I believe in the right time,” Mthembu tells

“Getting a chance… you can get your chance at any time when coming on as a substitute but I believe in the right time. For me, I am patient, actually I am more than patient because I have learnt to stand strong through the difficult times that I have endured before. I know what it is like to be patient and I will wait but one thing that I will not stop doing is working hard while I wait for the day when I go in there and work for the team. Patience pays and you have to be patient in waiting for the right time to come. The right time can come at any time.

“The coach has told me that I need to work hard and improve on runs. He also believes in us as players and that is what I love a lot about him. He is a good coach, a teacher and a father figure and this is all that we have been enjoying as players. In the right time I will play,” says Mthembu.

Baxter also adds that Mthembu has shown that he has what it takes to take his game to the next level.

“Siphelele has been battling to find his mark in the way we play but I have been very impressed with him at training because he has always given better performances in training than he has in games,” Baxter says.

“He has always felt, I think when going into games that, 'Now I have to show, now I have to show,' but I would just like him to be able to relax into his role and when he understands it better he will.

“I have absolutely no doubts that he has the potential to be an outstanding striker for us. The form he shows at training on some days excites me a lot and I would really like to move down the road and give him the experience so he can relax into his role. I think he probably has more to show than he has probably shown before. Once he understands his role he can be an outstanding forward for us,” Baxter insists.

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