NFD Focus: David Zulu
In this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 871, Black Leopards striker, David Zulu, talks to Soccer Laduma’s Peter Raath about his injury.
He also discusses finding form under coach, Kosta Papic, his goals, and how he almost gave up soccer - with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.
The NFD’s top goalscorer, David Zulu, had a great start to the season, but soon hit a snag after his fine form.
Zulu explains what really happened saying, "After our 6-1 win over Sivutsa Stars, I tore my thigh muscle at training. I then stayed out for a few weeks trying to recover, but came back too early for the United FC game, and that’s when maybe I did more damage. So I have to rest completely for six to eight weeks before starting light training at the end of June or early July. I know I’ve scored 16 goals, but I can’t take all the credit, " he added.
The 28-year-old striker also praised his teammates for the amazing work they have put in since he got relegated to the stands by injury.
"I can only thank my teammates. I’m just hoping they win promotion. That’s my dream because we’ve all come a long way together, but I’m very sad that I can’t do anything more to help them. It’s been frustrating on the side-lines, but I’ve began to accept that it’s not within my control. My situation is difficult for everyone."
Asked what inspired his sudden impressive showing under coach, Kosta Papic, Zulu said: "Coach Papic has done a lot for me. Since his arrival he’s never stopped talking. He kept saying that I had skill to stay in the box. He encouraged me to be free, play my normal soccer and, if I felt like taking men on, I shouldn’t hesitate to do so."
"Basically, he’s brought my confidence back and made me believe in myself again. If you have a coach like that who constantly tells you what to do and reminds you where you’re lacking, then your performances won’t drop."
Having plied his trade in the NFD for close to a decade, Zulu was spotted by Vladislav Heric who has just helped promote Chippa United back to the PSL. Zulu explained how his rise to stardom all came about.
"It’s all about where you come from, your background, your priorities in life and hard work. To keep that dream alive, you need to be focused, have goals, stick by them and let that vision be your driver! There was about an eight-month period when my grandmother was in hospital for cancer treatment that I had to look after my younger sister and brother by taking on temporary jobs.
"I even stopped going to training with Stars, but I always made sure that I trained on my own, and on weekends during games I would show I was ready to contribute. I always lived a disciplined life. I didn’t know I was going to be a pro but somehow I had faith that one day I’d get a lucky break, " he further added.
With reports linking him to Chippa United and Orlando Pirates, he concludes by setting the record straight, saying, "Although I’ve read that story, I know nothing about a move to Chippa. I haven’t signed a pre-contract with Orlando Pirates, and will only negotiate a new deal with Leopards if they reach the PSL."
To read Zulu's full interview, check out edition 871 of Soccer Laduma on shelves now, page 26, with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.