Bhele: Usuthu are here to stay

Usuthu, who finished fifth in the NFD last season, bought their way up into the PSL after they purchased the status of Thanda Royal Zulu.

The big question is whether AmaZulu can do well in the PSL even though they could not, at least, qualify for the play offs last season. There’s big competition in the PSL and coach Joey Antipas will have to hit the ground running to avoid getting the axe early on in the season.

Antipas has one more season to run on his contract after he joined the team on a two-year deal last season. He has a big job to perform, but the experience of players such as Nomvethe and Mabhudi Khenyeza will come in handy as they look to get through their first season back in the top flight without the drama and sleepless nights that comes with fighting relegation.

Bhele has previously been relegated with Moroka Swallows in 2014/2015, so he does not want to go through that pain again.

“AmaZulu will never be relegated and I can make that clear to everyone out there,” the striker said.

“While I'm still playing, they'll never be relegated. I'm confident. Fans should come in numbers to the stadium to be convinced and you can't judge us on games like this (the loss against Uthongathi in the KZN Premier's Cup on Saturday). It’s pre-season time and everyone is trying to build.”

The 39-year-old, who will be the oldest player in the PSL this coming season, is tired of people asking when he will retire.

The former Bafana striker still maintains that playing football is a gift and he’ll carry on playing. 

“I really don't know when I'll retire because to me this is a gift.

“But we'll see how my legs carry the pressure of the PSL and how I perform this coming season,” added Bhele, who can still keep up with many young players in the top flight.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker is looking forward to extending his record of goals in the PSL, which currently sits at 119.