'Sangweni is a leader at Richards Bay'


The 29-year-old former AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates midfielder, who parted ways with Chippa United in January, has penned a short-term deal with the Natal Rich Boyz until the end of the campaign.

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Sangweni made his debut in Richards Bay's goalless draw against Ajax Cape Town on Friday.

"He lasted for 90 minutes, I'm not sure I think you guys [the media] said Maritzburg [United] didn't sign him because he is unfit. He's trained a week and he is playing 90 minutes, so how can he be unfit? I'm very happy about his performance," Truter tells KickOff.com.

"And he brings some leadership and professionalism, you understand? His quality just rubs off onto the guys around him... good performance, solid performance, he brought some stability in midfield and some structure as well and his tactical discipline is much better because of his experience and his communication. He is a true leader and I'm happy to have him in the team.

"Ja if we make it [to promotion] then of course that's... we'll sign him as well if we make it to the play offs. I'm sure he will also want to see what happens, but he needed to play some games, get some games under his belt and how can I say it now... and get his name back on track and get him out in the market so everybody can see he can still play.

"For us it's about reinforcing or strengthening and trying to get to the play offs. So I think we are both helping each other and I think we're just waiting to see what happens at the end of the season.

"Look he's still... he's quality, he can still play PSL you understand? I understand why he wanted a short-term contract and then we'll speak after that."

The KwaZulu-Natal side are fifth on the National First Division table with 36 points from 24 matches, only five points away from third place, which is a promotion playoff position.