Motshwari lifts lid on fitness & Usuthu ambitions

Ben Motshwari

New AmaZulu FC midfielder Ben Motshwari has opened up about his fitness condition and ambitions after joining the Durban club.

The experienced and accomplished player recently joined Usuthu after parting ways with Orlando Pirates where he spent five years with the Soweto giants.

Motshwari, who was an unused substitute in Monday’s DStv Premiership draw between AmaZulu and Polokwane City, is working on regaining his match fitness.

“Moving from one province to the other – from one club to the other, it’s always going to be difficult,” Motshwari said.

“[However], I got a pretty warm welcome here and I feel at home here. It’s like I have been here for a long time.

“I am trying to do some extra work because it has been a long time since I played a [competitive] match and I was also out with an injury,” he explained.

“I am doing some extra work at training because I want to be at the same level as the other guys who are playing in terms of fitness.”

The 32-year-old also explained why he decided to join the KwaZulu-Natal giants after holding talks with the club’s president, Sandile Zungu.

“As many people know, our president is very ambitious, there is a certain direction in which he wants the club to be heading,” he said.

“Once we had that discussion about me moving to Durban, I was impressed by the ambitions for the club.

“For me as a competitive player, I saw it fitting that I should come to AmaZulu and fight to achieve whatever he wants for the club because that’s what I also want.”

Having won the 2016/17 PSL championship with Bidvest Wits, Motshwari believes that Usuthu can build a team that can challenge for the league trophy.

“There is a lot of quality here. There are also a lot of experienced players in the squad. I have no doubt about it,” the Randfontein-born player added.

“I believe that as time goes on, we will be a strong team that can compete for the league title.”

AmaZulu will travel to the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg where they are scheduled to face Moroka Swallows in a league game. Kick-off at 19h30 on Friday.