The Swallows technical team member also disclosed he recommended the lanky player to the Beautiful Birds
Kaizer Chiefs’ new signing Austin Dube is a calm and reliable defender, who won’t get reckless red cards according to his former coach Simo Dladla.
The new Bafana Bafana international, who recently helped South Africa clinch the 2021 Cosafa Cup, became Amakhosi’s seventh signing of the current transfer window as the Glamour Boys reinforced their squad for the 2021/22 campaign.
Dube has joined fellow defenders Njabulo Ngcobo, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Sifiso Hlanti, midfielders Kgaogelo Sekgota and Phathutshedzo Nange, goalkeeper Brandon Peterson as Amakhosi’s new players, while Given Thibedi returned from a loan spell at Swallows FC.
Having coached Dube at Richards Bay, Dladla is confident that the left-footed player will succeed at the Glamour Boys as he is not a clumsy defender that gets unnecessary bookings.
“He will make it. He is a left-footed player and he can read the game,” Dladla told Sowetan.
“He will give them a lot of balance. He is not clumsy. I mean, he is not a guy who will get reckless and get unnecessary yellow cards or red cards.
“He also has an eye for goal and Chiefs have signed a good player here. He deserves this move and if it wasn’t Chiefs, someone else would have signed him now.”
Dube was a key member of the TS Galaxy side which stunned Chiefs 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup final in 2019 – starting five matches in the competition on their way to the final.
The lanky player also helped Richards Bay eliminate Chiefs from the same competition as Amakhosi succumbed to a 2-1 loss in the last 32 during the recent 2020/21 season.
Dladla is now working as an assistant coach to Brandon Truter at Swallows and he revealed he recommended Dube to club management to sign him before he joined Chiefs.
“There are a lot of good things about this boy, he is a thinker and he is calm. He is also going to give them a balance, especially when they build from the back,” he added.
“He will get a nod, he is very reliable and he is coachable. I’m happy for him that he joined Chiefs. I spoke about him when I got to Swallows.”
Dube played in the Varsity Football League for the University of Limpopo before he began his professional career at Witbank Spurs in 2016.