Dlamini shows funky moves but stays humble after invaluable brace

2013-11-29 00:00

HIS man-of-the-match performance in Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory over Platinum Stars at Princess Magogo Stadium could prove invaluable in AmaZulu’s quest for a top eight finish this PSL season, but 28-year-old attacking midfielder Goodman Dlamini was as humble as ever after a match in which he scored both goals.

It was Usuthu’s first win in eight league outings — one that they desperately needed to stop slipping down into the bottom half of the table.

Dlamini scored at either end of the 90 minutes and his first goal was a superbly taken side-footed effort from the edge of the area that illustrated the type of composure that often evades so many local.

The celebration that followed was something equally special as Dlamini, in front of a rocking home support, broke out a series of dance moves that suggested his talents extend beyond football.

“It just came to me, I couldn’t control it,” Dlamini told The Witness while recalling his elaborate celebrations. “It doesn’t have a name.”

On his contribution to the team, Dlamini was reluctant to take any of the praise.

“I think we needed the three points more than they did,” he said. “To score the goals was special. They are a good team and can knock the ball around. But we worked as a team and we were expecting to win.”

The victory has, remarkably considering their recent run of form, elevated AmaZulu back to fifth place on the log ahead of this weekend’s clash away to the University of Pretoria on Saturday.

“We had a very good start to the season and things were going well for us,” said Dlamini. “I think now we are getting back to that place.”

Dlamini’s second goal was less thrilling, but equally important as it killed off the game while Stars were fully committed to finding an equaliser in the dying stages.

“When you score a goal, then your confidence goes up and that helped me for the rest of the game and the second goal,” he said.

Coach Craig Rosslee was full of praise for Dlamini, and said that the quality of both goals was something that the rest of the team should look to emulate.

“We work and talk, but at the end of the day the guys have got to execute,” said Rosslee. “The two finishes we had there from Deco [Dlamini’s nickname] were all about composure, and we spoke about that at length coming into the game.

“He [Dlamini] has been outstanding for us in the last four games and what a performance that was from him,” added Rosslee. “He picked his spot beautifully for the first and a very clever little finish for the second.”

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