Mothwa Delights Ex Coach

Veli Mothwa during MTN8 defeat against Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Sean Louw, who was Veli Mothwa’s goalkeeper coach At Chippa United, is delighted with the extension of Mothwa’s contract at AmaZulu. This is despite rumours that linked him with a move away from the KwaZulu Natal outfit. Mothwa’s contract with AmaZulu was set to expire at the end of the current season and the likes of Orlando Pirates were flirting with the idea of Mothwa donning the colors of the Buccaneers.

Mothwa and Louw have worked together at Chippa United until the second choice Bafana Bafana goalkeeper joined AmaZulu in November 2020. Louw believes the contract extension of Veli Mothwa with Usuthu will give the goalkeeper a chance to continue to challenge  for the  first-choice goalkeeper position in the Bafana setup.

“Of course, I am delighted that Skipper [Veli Mothwa] has extended his Amazulu contract. He forms a major part of the senior playing staff at Usuthu and he looks like he was meant for the KZN giants. This is also exciting because his extension hopefully means he will continue as first choice and with that, comes the continued inclusion in the Bafana Bafana setup,” he told ThisIsFootball.Africa.

Mothwa 31, was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates but the deal did not materialise. Louw believes those links are evidence that people are aware of Veli Mothwa capabilities.

“The links to Orlando Pirates obviously meant that people are seeing his ability and are of the thought that he deserves a bigger platform to shine. But in my opinion, AmaZulu is not a small club. It is a club that is competing and recently played the very same Orlando Pirates in the MTN 8 final. Also, let us not forget that Veli Mothwa is already a regular in the Bafana setup and was the last Bafana Captain to lift a trophy for South Africa (Cosafa Cup),” he added.

The former Banyana Banyana goalkeeper coach also has advise on areas that he thinks Mothwa should improve upon in order to become a better goalkeeper. Alluding to the mistake he made against Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final, Louw advises Mothwa to play the match instead of the occasion.

“One specific part of Veli Mothwa’s game that he could perhaps improve on, is the approach to the game. For example, in the MTN 8 final, perhaps he was playing the occasion more than he was playing the game. But I do not blame him because he is an individual that strives for perfection. He wants to do the work and he wants to do it properly. With life, the more work you want to do, the more chances of making a mistake. He made a mistake because he tried and I give him credit for that. Not many of us are even willing to try,” Louw concluded.

The 31-year-old has penned new contract with AmaZulu that will end in 2026. Mothwa has made 77 appearances for AmaZulu since he joined them two years ago and has collected 33 clean sheets for Usuthu.

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Sean Louw during Banyana Banyana training session
Sean Louw during Banyana Banyana training session