The Team of Choice have enjoyed a successful few seasons in the Reserve League, not only achieving top five finishes, but also promoting a string of exciting young players to the senior PSL first team.
And under coach Siya Mdluli, the Team of Choice second stringers have again made a bright start to the new season; last weekend’s 2-1 win over Golden Arrows (goals from Mxolisi Kunene and Luyanda Ntshangase) took the team to the top of the MDC standings with three wins from three games.
Dlamini missed some of last season’s action but is excited about the challenges and possible opportunities that lie ahead in the 2017/18 campaign.
“Last season I missed two months through injury, so I’ve been eager and looking forward to this season, to learn as much as possible,” he said.
“We’ll be trying to rectify our mistakes from last season, when we drew a lot of matches we should not have drawn, we lost matches we should not have lost.
“That shattered our hopes of winning the title. After working so hard we were disappointed we didn’t achieve our objectives. The country was expecting Sundowns or Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates to win.
“Maritzburg surprised some people, we went seven games unbeaten. It’s for us now to step up to the occasion, to help the new guys coming into the team to do well and achieve our objectives.”
The locally-born talent explained the importance of the Diski Challenge to up-and-coming youngsters like himself.
“In the first team we now have four or five players who were playing last season in the Diski team, but now they are regular starters in the first team,” he pointed out.
“It inspires us. Guys like Lebogang Maboe, Bandile Shandu, we trained with them every day being part of the Diski team. It’s inspiring for me, Bandile I played with from U15, so I’m happy to see him progressing – if these guys are being regular starters in the first team, then why can’t we do it?”
Sandile Dlamini Profile
Position: Central midfield
Jersey Number: 19
Place of Birth: Pietermaritzburg
Date of Birth: 2 May 1997
Previous Club: Izicwe Youth Football Club
Favourite Player: Cesc Fabregas
Toughest Opponent: Nduduzo Sibaya (Golden Arrows)
Role Model: My Mom
Hobbies: Watching football, movies and travelling
Motto/ Inspirational Quotes: My greatest joy comes from concern for others. If others are happy, I am happy and filled with joy.
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