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Bongi Ntuli

Thu 9 Jan by Mark Gleeson

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AmaZulu forward Bongi Ntuli is finally showcasing his enormous potential this season after reaching double figures in Absa PSL goals scored at just past the midway point of the season.Now 28, Ntuli has long been thought of as a top striker in the local league with bags of ability, but all too often has flattered only to deceive by not living up to that billing.His brace this week brought up 50 goals in the PSL for the forward, which has come in 171 appearances (142 of those in the starting line-up) since he made his debut in the 2011-12 campaign.The 2019-20 campaign is already his best in terms of goals scored as his two goals against Cape Town City on Wednesday took his tally to 10.His previous highest mark was seven, achieved last season with Usuthu, as well as in 2013-14 when on the books of Lamontville Golden Arrows.It was after that campaign that he was snapped up by Mamelodi Sundowns, who saw a master goal-poacher that could bring them success in the six-yard box.But he made just a single substitute appearance through the entire 2014-15 campaign and was sent to AmaZulu the next season on loan.Ntuli would play the next three years at Platinum Stars with mixed success, until their relegation at the end of the 2017-18 season, when he returned to Durban for another spell with Usuthu.The burly forward can be a powerful figure up front and has pace, but perhaps his best asset is his composed finishing in the box.Ten goals in 16 starts in the league this season is an excellent return and all but one of his goals have led to Usuthu picking up points.It underlines his importance to the side and the club will hope that as he reaches what is generally regarded as a peak age for strikers, he can add another 10 in the second half of the campaign to ensure there is no repeat of the relegation battles of a few seasons ago.
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