Introducing Siboniso Gumede

1Nov

From humble beginnings in his hometown of Empangeni

Siboniso Gumede always dreamt of playing in the Premier Soccer League.

The former AmaZulu player is slowly but surely making strides at Bidvest Wits.

Having made just 13 appearances in his first season with the Clever Boys, the defender got his first taste of action of the new season this past weekend when he filled in at full-back in the 1-1 draw at SuperSport United.

The relatively inexperienced Gumede is challenging the likes of Byrce Moon, James Mayinga and Tlou Molekwane for a place amongst the run-on 11 on match day.

“Not only those guys who play fullback, but to play with guys like Aaron [Mokoena], OJ [Mbulelo Mabizela] and [Thomas] Sweswe is an honour because I am learning from them,” Gumede says.

I am looking forward to interacting more with them and picking up tips.

“The new coach has come in and taught us new things. Things are different now and even with the new system we play a different style now.”

Gumede says that his career is heading in the right direction after his move from AmaZulu. The 27-year-old also enthused that life in Johannesburg has been a breath of fresh air, educational and enjoyable for both him and his family.

The softly spoken and humble player has turned his attention to weekend opponents Free State Stars, against whom he hopes to have an opportunity to cement a place in the starting team.

“Last time we played them we lost but it was the first game of the season and we had not gelled by then, but now we are ready for them because we know each other much better.

“They have come at a right time and we are hoping to make them pay because we are seeking revenge,” the defender said.

As a parting shot, Gumede reveals that coach Antonio Lopez Habas has challenged him to release the ball earlier when in possession of it, an area of his game he is happy to try and improve.

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