Jennings Learns From Dikete's Experience
Former international and PSL goalkeeper Tampungu 'DK' Dikete has taken NMMU Madibaz stopper Lyndsay Jennings under his wing to groom the young man into becoming a professional footballer.
The Madibaz shot stopper represented the Eastern Cape up until under 21 level and was named South African Player of the Year at under 17 level in 2009.
Jennings played in the reserve team for Bay United at the age of 16 and formed a bond with DK when the pair played at Bay Stars in 2012. DK was encouraged to take up a coaching role at the club and hasn't looked back since.
Dikete started his PSL career with Bush Bucks in 2002 before joining Bay United in 2007. Upon the sale of the former PE side, he then had a brief spell with Thanda Royal Zulu in the 2010/2011 season before ending his playing career with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 2011/2012 season.
"I have worked with DK when we met at Bay Stars. Since then, he has really helped me improve my skills and abilities and has always been there for me when I need advice," Jennings said.
NMMU haven't managed to emulate last year's performance when they remained unbeaten in the round-robin phase but lost to Tuks in the final of Varsity Football, but Jennings believes the PE students still have a shot of reaching the next phase of the competition despite finding themselves in sixth position with three games left to play.
"I'm sure we will be able to sneak into the next round of the competition. It's going to take a huge effort from the guys but I have full confidence in everyone," he said.
Jennings expressed his desire to take his career to the next level and will relish any chance handed to him by a professional club.
"It's all about getting your foot in the door so that you are able to prove that you belong there (playing professionally)," he said.
DK, a former Congolese international who boasts 10 caps for his country, has no doubt that Jennings will become a professional player as he has all the signs of becoming one of the best in the business.