Phumlani Dube, AmaZulu’s spokesperson, reveals that midfielder Siyethemba Sithebe is still a crucial player for Usuthu despite reports tying him to a transfer to Kaizer Chiefs.
AmaZulu has been turned under coach Benni McCarthy from perennial strugglers in the top flight to genuine league contenders, finishing second last season and qualifying for the CAF Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
Sithebe, 28, has been a key member of McCarthy’s side and a regular starter, including this season, when AmaZulu sits sixth in the league standings.
Dube told IOL that Sithebe, despite his injury, was a vital component of their plans.
“The response is very simple, Sithebe remains a valuable player of AmaZulu FC who is currently out on injury. Otherwise, we do not comment on ongoing contractual discussions with any of our players,” Dube said.
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Despite being an integral part of McCarthy’s plans, he said AmaZulu would not rule out Sithebe’s departure if he wanted to leave.
“You don’t want to stand in anyone’s way because we want the best for the football club, we want the best for the players, we want the best for everyone.
“If the player is getting advice from outside people that is best to go there than to stay here, then so be it. We move on. There is hungry, young talent that we can use, so that’s the situation,” said McCarthy.