AmaZulu have made a huge announcement on Thursday, confirming the arrivals of several former Bafana Bafana stars as part of their new youth development set up.
As previously reported by iDiski Times, AmaZulu have announced the appointment of former Bafana Bafana internationals – Mbulelo Mabizela and Reneilwe Letsholonyane on Thursday, among several other new additions to the club, including former Orlando Pirates player Andile Cele.
The duo has been appointed to work within the club structures, with Usuthu announcing their specific roles today in the newly-formed youth development programme.
“Development has to be about mirroring what’s happening at the professional senior level,” Mfundo Zungu, the club’s Director, said.
“Bringing in those big names is not a ‘publicity stunt’. I find it disrespectful to the club and those players that some have called it that.
“The coaches have gone through a thorough interview and assessment process before they were appointed.”
Mabizela and Letsholonyane were introduced among other coaches, including women’s coaches and goalkeeper coaches for the youth ranks.
For Mabizela, who is the youngest player in South Africa history to have captained Bafana Bafana at age of 22 in June 2003, this is like all homecoming to the familiar territory.
The 42-year-old, who earned 45 caps and scored two goals in the process, previously played for Usuthu in the 2014/15 season even though he couldn’t prevent his side’s relegation.
Letsholonyane had an outstanding career at Kaizer Chiefs, whom he joined from Jomo Cosmos ahead of the 2008/09 season.
Immediately, he won the MTN8 trophy in that season, the first under the telecommunication company since it took over from ABSA, scoring a winning penalty against Sundowns in the final in Durban.
He then won two league titles with Chiefs, the first in the 2012/13 season along with the Nedbank Cup in the same season before adding another double – the second league title in 2014/15 season along with another MTN8 trophy
Other trophies Yeye won at Chiefs were three Telkom Knockout trophies, including two in 2010 as they squeezed together due to the FIFA World Cup.
Yeye moved to SuperSport United in the 2016/17 season, adding another MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup. He earned 54 caps, scoring two goals in the process.
He was described by Mamelodi Sundowns senior coach Manqoba Mngqithi as the best ball player, who hardly played a back pass.