Durban – AmaZulu made two big acquisitions ahead of the transfer window deadline by confirming the signings of goalkeeper Veli Mothwa from Chippa United on a permanent basis and midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns at a press conference in Sandton on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are very glad that after intense discussions with Chippa United, Mr Chippa Mpengesi has agreed to release Mothwa to join AmaZulu and he will wear the jersey number 44,” said AmaZulu owner Sandile Zungu.
Mothwa joins AmaZulu as one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in the DSTV Premiership. The 29-year-old will add much needed depth to the KwaZulu- Natal side’s goalkeeping department amidst the recent injury troubles of captain and first-choice goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha. Mbatha had to be substituted and replaced by Neil Boshoff in the club’s most recent 1-1 draw with Cape Town City last week.
Mahlambi is expected to add quality to Usuthu’s attack. The 23-year-old burst onto the scene with Bidvest Wits in 2015, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated young talents in South African football. He has been unable to maintain consistency following a failed spell with Egyptian giants Al Ahly and amidst injury troubles.
“Mahlambi is a fine young gentleman who has been loaned to us from Sundowns. As you know, he is one of those bright and prolific players who potential is among the best in the football fraternity, not only in South Africa but throughout the world. AmaZulu will be the perfect platform for him to prove his credentials,” said Zungu.