Siyethemba Sithebe opened the scoring as AmaZulu beat Baroka on Saturday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Siyethemba Sithebe opened the scoring as AmaZulu beat Baroka on Saturday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Cavin Johnson believes Sithebe will "go places" if he keeps working hard. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Cavin Johnson believes Sithebe will "go places" if he keeps working hard. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Siyethemba Sithebe is a player with immense talent but it is his attitude that will propel him to even greater heights. So says his coach at AmaZulu, Cavin Johnson.

Sithebe delivered another five-star performance for Usuthu on Saturday as his goal turned out to be the winner for his side against Baroka FC at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. 

He netted a scorcher to earn the home team valuable three points in the 2018/17 Absa Premiership season opening clash. Johnson is expecting even more from his midfield ace.

“Siya is growing. We like that. He is growing all the time. He is one player who doesn’t think he has arrived in the PSL. 

“He still thinks that he needs to make a name for himself. The more he does what he is doing, the better he will become. 

“The more he understands the game, the less he is humble to himself and able to be a team player first, I think he will go places,” Johnson said.

The Usuthu boss could not hide his elation at the winning start. 

“We played really well in the first half and I think we should have scored more than one goal. The second half was a bit scrappy. We knew they would come at us. 

“Baroka is a running team and they still have that mentality. Overall we were happy with the three points and the clean sheet,” he added.

Usuthu were dealt a major blow after Sedat Ouro-Akoriko was substituted in the first half. He sustained a foot injury and will be assessed by the medical team. “We will know by Monday (today) as to how serious his injury is. We put him on crutches as a precaution.”

Usuthu will now shift their focus to their next assignment away from home against SuperSport United on Wednesday. 

“I hope we are able to do what we did (against SuperSport United) last season. We did well against them last season but that is history," Johnson said. "We have to go out there and do our best. We will fight again and if we can do it, so be it.”

Usuthu completed a double over Matsatsantsa last season. The three-time league champions lost 2-0 to Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday .


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