Philani Cele enjoying Thanda Royal Zulu living following Kaizer Chiefs exit

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Cele, who made his Chiefs debut against University of Pretoria in December 2013 and also featured in the CAF Confederation Cup, was one of 15 players released by the Glamour Boys at the end of last season.

The KwaMashu-born player then tried his luck at Golden Arrows and AmaZulu before reuniting with ex-Chiefs teammates Khotso Malope and Zitha Macheke at Thanda in January.

"I think it's one of those things that when you are playing for a big club like Kaizer Chiefs you need to perform on a daily basis," Cele tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"I was not playing and it was only fair for them to let me go and I'm here now and playing for Thanda. Thanda is giving me all the support, the coach and the management, so it's a blessing for me to be here.

"Playing for Kaizer Chiefs, I'll walk away with an experience. All the things we were taught from a young age because I went there when I was very young.

"I learnt the principles of how we should play football. And when I came here I'm very fortunate because I saw the guys I've played with at Chiefs; Zitha Macheke, Khotso... they are here and made things easy for me.

"It'll be pointless of me to hold a grudge against Chiefs and ungrateful to do such."

Thanda are setting the pace in the NFD and need just 17 more points from their remaining eight games to seal their return to the Absa Premiership.

Cele, who played in last weekend's win over Santos at Umhlathuze Sport Complex, says Roger Sikhakhane's side must just continue showing character in the home stretch of the campaign.

"I think what we've shown is we need to keep going. We need to show character each and every game that we play," says the 25-year-old.

"The support here at our venue we are getting from our fans is superb and that is the most important thing. We need to ensure that we are not letting them down and keep on going, and we'll see how things pan out at the end of the season."