EFA’s ‘oldest club’ aims to keep advancing

2018-01-24 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMnyandu United Football Club.

PHOTO: suppliedMnyandu United Football Club.

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ONE of the oldest clubs in the Edendale Football Association (EFA), Mnyandu United FC found its feet in 2013 with the assistance of an unlikely individual by the name of Sfiso Dladla.

Manager and head coach of United, also known as “Abafana bangaPhezulu”, Dladla had played against the team during his footballing career, but in 2013 when he moved to the side’s home base, KwaMnyandu, he was involved in its reformation.

“When I got there I found the players were playing just for fun,” Dladla said.

This prompted him to reinvigorate the sporting code in the area by re-establishing United and taking it back to competitive football.

The team had since been runners-up in an Easter tournament in 2015 and came third in a knockout competition in 2016.

United is currently fourth on the EFA log with 43 points, but Dladla admits the boys had a difficult run at the start of this season.

“We eventually had a talk with the players and told them that the start of the season is a crucial time and losing games means dropping important points,” Dladla said.

Key players that Dladla said he had to get through to ensure the side’s performance improved are centre Philani Njilo, captain, an all-rounder, but who usually plays defence, Musawenkosi Madlala and striker Thamsanqa Mthem- bu.

“Those players form the backbone of our team,” Dladla said.

He said Madlala has the ability to make penetrative runs into the danger area of opponents.

“Thamsanqa is a committed player who sometimes plays as a lone striker, but that does not stop him from scoring goals, he has so many goals and hat-tricks I have lost count,” United’s coach said.

The club’s goal is to keep advancing from one division to the next.

Dladla thanked Mayelo Mncwabe for supporting the side with sponsorships and donations.

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