Zothwane was laid low by a calf injury for three months, thus missing out on the Bafana Bafana squad that recently participated in the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Evidence of his improved conditioning and work rate was witnessed when he helped Abafana Bes’thende triumph over Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates during the Asiphephe tournament two weeks ago.
Zothwane carried the same rich vein of form during opening Premiership second round match, scoring in a 2-0 win over Platinum Stars in Rustenburg last week.
“This programme that is used by the Sharks has really taken my game to another level.
“Lynnette pushed me hard after the operation on my calf. Besides that I have doubled my efforts at training because I want to help the team win something this season. I know if I keep pushing hard, I will attract the interest of overseas teams and hopefully get recalled to Bafana,” says Zothwane.
On his omission from Bafana, Zothwane says he is not bitter because when the Ghana squad was announced, he had not yet fully recovered.
“I know most people may not understand this, but it was good for my future that I did not make the Bafana team because if I underperformed, I would have been subjected to flak.”
On facing AmaZulu in KwaMashu on Wednesday and Moroka Swallows in Umlazi on Saturday, Zothwane says: “It’s going to be tough because these teams are fresh from defeats and aim to bounce back at our expense. But, I believe with the attitude my teammates have at the moment, we will pull through.”
Abafana Bes’thende will miss inspirational captain Kagiso Dikgacoi, who was injured in the 2-2 draw against Free State Stars in Durban on Saturday.