Ayanda Dlamini regrets not getting to work with late Anele Ngcongca at AmaZulu


AmaZulu head coach Ayanda Dlamini has expressed his sadness at not getting an opportunity to work with the highly experienced Anele Ngcongca, who passed away on Monday.

The former Bafana Bafana defender was on the verge of being unveiled as a new Usuthu weapon on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns but lost his life in a car accident in the early hours of Monday morning in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dlamini says the late 33-year-old right-back would have helped Usuthu achieve their ambitions this season and as the technical team they were looking forward to having him.

"We were looking forward to working with him as a technical team, with his experience we wanted to work with him and we believed he would've helped us to achieve our ambitions," Dlamini told the media.

"It's very sad that we lost him. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Ngcongca family. We believe God is with them. Also the Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC family, because he was part of us now."

Ngcongca is the latest in a long list of former PSL players who have been lost in car accidents

Usuthu face Cape Town City on Saturday evening after an unfortunate 4-3 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend, with the Citizens coming from a very convincing 4-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

Dlamini says they have spoken about their last performance and are aware of what to expect against Jan Olde Riekerink's on-form side.

"We sat down with the players, analysed our mistakes and positives against Sundowns and we don't want to face Cape Town City with those mistakes," he added.

"They are a good side, they've doing well from the bio-bubble and their win against Bloemfontein Celtic surely gave them confidence. But we have quality players and are playing at home, so it won't be easy for them."

Siphiwe Tshabalala's debut for Usuthu is still in doubt as he is still nursing an injury while Siphesihle Maduna and Bonginkosi Ntuli are still out. But Siphelele Mthembu is set to return, according to the coach.

"Ntuli and Maduna are still out, Mthembu is back and Shabba is still waiting on the doctors on whether he will play or not, but everyone is fit and ready."