Zuma unfazed as Chiefs axe circles

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Zuma joined Amakhosi at the start of the current campaign from Bloemfontein Celtic on a three-year deal, and has struggled to forge his way into the team.

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Of his 18 appearances in all competitions thus far, only two have been starts – suggesting that the 22-year-old could perhaps be deemed surplus to the club’s plans for next season.

However, the diminutive attacker is untroubled by the club’s promise to make changes following their humiliating defeat to Chippa United at the weekend, in which he came off the bench for the final 28 minutes.

“I’m not at all worried, I can’t be because I’m still new in the team and I’m still trying to gel and adapt to the conditions of the team,” said a confident Zuma.

“Maybe in time I’m going to get my form back and perhaps start to score the goals.”

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Zuma is unsure whether his recent arrival warrants sympathy given the team's underperformance this season.

“I wouldn’t say, I don’t know … I don’t know.”

As far as the final few games of the season are concerned, the Under-23 international hopes to break into the starting line-up by improving on certain aspects of his game, insisting he is not responsible for his non-selection under coach Steve Komphela.

“I think the chances that I’ve gotten [so far]. I’m very grateful for and I’m willing to push for the first XI, or at least getting more minutes of playing time,” he added.

“I wouldn’t know [the reason behind only starting two games], because I’m not the one who’s doing [selections for] the team.

“At training I always push for the [starting] line-up, and whatever happens, happens. So, I’m not involved in terms of who to pick and who not to play.

“I think I must improve on converting the chances I get, and in terms of energy I need to be more energetic in the field, like defensively. Maybe then I’ll get a chance to start the games.”

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