Bafana Bafanas new protégé, Josta Dladla who plies his trade for AGF Aarhus in the Danish League, spared a few moments out of his busy schedule at The Pennyhill Park Hotel, England, to speak to Thapelo Moloantoa of Shibobo Football.
TM: Heita da mfethu, thanks for your time. Can you give us your assessment of the season at Aarhus?
JD: The season at Aarhus hasn't been remarkable, that is in terms of our standards. We are lying in the middle of the table (12th spot) and we've just had a new manager. So that means that we've had to switch our style of play to accommodate the new managers style. (the club has been in this position for last two seasons, highest being finishing 3rd in 1991).
TM: How rate the standard of play in the Danish League?
JD: The League is very similar to most other European leagues in that the pace is fast, its more aggressive and there is a 120% work rate, you run like crazy. More like the style that Wits was known for back home, only that this time its on a much greater level.
TM: How have you adapted to the environment at the team?
JD: I've done quite well in that regard, always in the starting line-up. It was difficult in the beginning, as I expected but now I feel like at home.
TM: Theres about 60 known South African players plying their trade in the European leagues right now, and many more will join you guys as time goes by. What advice would you give to those that are coming especially those that will play in the junior ranks?
JD: The most important starting point is discipline. You have to make sensible decisions and that means thinking before doing anything.
Its not like some teams back home where you can be given ample chances every time you make the wrong decision.
Its your job and therefore you need to place 100% concentration. Sometimes it gets freezing cold, to such an extent that you cant feel your toes, the going gets really tough but like I said if you know what you come here for and are hungry enough you'll win at the end of the day.
If you just come purely because of the money then you wont last.
TM: What are your aspirations within the Bafana set-up?
JD: I'm very grateful for the opportunity to represent my country. I've been called up before but never as a regular. I will be fighting hard for the selectors to notice me and hopefully I will become more of a regular as time gets by.
I don't know if anybody has been watching me lately but I've been playing quite well at Aarhus and I think I deserve the call-up.
TM: Ta mfethu and the best of luck with everything.
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