DURBAN – Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Dumisani Zuma is bent on emulating some of the KZN Midlands stars who have left an indelible mark on the local game with Gauteng clubs.
Pietermaritzburg-born Zuma joined Chiefs from Bloemfontein Celtic this season, and says he wants to put his name alongside those of the likes of the late Michael Bizzah Dlamini, Sandile Ndlovu, Mbulelo Mabizela and Andile Cele.
“I have no choice but to make sure I follow in the footsteps of the Midlands legends who performed with distinction,” Zuma said ahead of Chiefs’ league clash with Free State Stars in Durban on Saturday.
“Yes, there’s pressure on me to do well here at Chiefs. I also want to make a name for myself like they did, and I will make sure I make use of the chances I get.”
Zuma has been playing generally as a substitute, and though he is yet to find the net in the famous gold-and-black jersey, he remains motivated.
“The little game time I am getting serves as motivation for me to do well. It keeps me going, and I believe soon I will score that goal.”
Like many aspiring players, Zuma’s decision to trade Celtic for Chiefs was to win silverware.
Yet with Chiefs struggling and already out of two cup competitions, he must be envious that his former club are in the Telkom final.
“Not really. I focus on where I am, and that is Chiefs. I joined them because I want to win cups. And we still have the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup to play for.”