AmaZulu have explained why veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs remains a key member of their squad despite limited game-time last season.
Josephs joined Usuthu last season after leaving Bidvest Wits and was expected to be the number one shot-stopper, but Siyabonga Mbatha stepped up and got ahead of the former Bafana Bafana player in the starting line-up and has held onto the position.
Mbatha's fantastic performances saw South Africans calling for him to be included in the senior national team squad when Itumeleng Khune was out injured for Bafana Bafana’s final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in March.
"With the likes of Moeneeb, when we had Pule [Boalefa] who was tipped as someone who can be our number one, it so happened that Mbatha took over the number one spot. We had to look at Josephs as someone who can help the goalkeeping department with his experience to motivate them and get the best out of them since we also have young upcoming goalkeepers within the team," said club media officer Brilliant Mkhathini.
There are a number of other members in the squad who have a big role to play, the likes of Mabhuti Khenyeza, Siyabonga Nomvethe and recently Lehlohonolo Majoro. Both Nomvethe and Khenyeza have retired but are employees at the club.
"Well Nomvethe, he's quite different because he joined us while we were in the National First Division. Bhele knows for goals and he came in and did that, he is also a role model to many players," Mkhathini explained.
"When you have an older player in the team, you don't only look at what they bring on the pitch but look at mentorship, same as the late Shoes [Moshoeu], any player of his calibre benefited the club a lot during his time. He has a similar role like Bhele, inspiring the young players and motivating them to fight for the club. Every club need such greatness in the team."