Themba begins to show his worth at Swallows

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After a spell on the sidelines last season the stocky midfielder is finally beginning to prove his worth after being involved in almost all the Birds’ games since the season began.

“It feels good to be playing again. I want to ensure that I use this opportunity to the best of my abilities. There is just no time to relax because I want to be a regular. Last season I didn’t get much game time because of injuries,” says the Witbank-born player who began his career at Ajax Cape Town juniors with Gorowa watching him.

“I have started this season well because I completed the pre-season training with the squad without any problems. With a new coach taking over, everyone is being given a chance to show what they can offer. I want to work towards being a player who can start and finish the game.

“The good thing is that I am really fit and it is up to me to do the job that will keep me as a regular. I was once part of the national Under-23 team but was dropped when I didn’t get game time.

“I also think that is the reason why we failed to qualify for the Olympics. Many of our players are not regulars at their clubs whereas all our opponents appeared to be playing regularly in their countries,” says the 22-year-old who joined Swallows last season from University of Pretoria.

He only started in two games last season and was substituted in both.