Stephens backs swift AmaZulu promotion from national first division

2015-08-13 06:00

Former Swallows goalkeeper Sage Stephens is one of a host of players who have signed with the relegated AmaZulu for the 2015/16 national first division season.

PHOTO: BACKPAGE PIX Former Swallows goalkeeper Sage Stephens is one of a host of players who have signed with the relegated AmaZulu for the 2015/16 national first division season.

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AMAZULU have announced seven signings for the new season and confirmed the lengthy list of players who have departed the NFD club.

Usuthu were relegated from the Absa Premiership at the end of 2014/15 along with Moroka Swallows. AmaZulu have since recruited former Swallows goalkeeper Sage Stephens, Linda Bhengu, the younger brother of SuperSport United’s Phumelele, Mpendulo Dlamini, Nkanyiso Zungu, Alan Roberts, Mbongeni Gumede and Thabo Moloi.

Moloi will only switch alliances on loan after the first two games of the campaign as SuperSport need his services because of suspension issues.

Steve Barker’s side recently parted ways with Willem Mwedihanga, Mbulelo Mabizela, Bongani Ndulula, Asive Langwe, Kulegani Madondo, Roscoe Pietersen, Bongi Ntuli, Philani Cele and Mfundo Nsele. All saw their contracts expire with the Durban-based outfit in June, which includes loan deals.

The following players were released - Aubrey Mathibe, Siyabonga Mngoma, Larry Horeab, Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Paul Were, Philani Shange, Nhlanhla Shabalala and Mfanafuthi Dlamini.

AmaZulu newcomer Sage Stephens is confident the team can seal a swift return to the Absa Premiership.

Usuthu were relegated to the national first division along with Sage’s former side, Moroka Swallows in 2014/15.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be with AmaZulu. The professionalism at the club is great,” Stephens told his club’s website.

“I’m excited about the competition. Energy Murambadoro is a quality goalkeeper so I am also looking forward to learning from him and the other keeper.

“I think if we work as a team and hard enough, we will be able to get straight promotion back into the PSL.

“We have a great coach who believes in hard work, and the rest of the players are as committed as well.”

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