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Brooks had to honor his MOM

Newly signed AmaZulu midfielder Ethan Brooks has revealed that his decision to pack his bags and move to Durban was in honour of his mother, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal.

The Bafana Bafana international might have grown up in Gauteng, and moving to Soweto was thought to be a great step for him. He was linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs before opting for a switch to eThekwini.

He has since explained that his choice of KZN was more than just playing for three points or winning trophies for the club, as it brings him closer to his roots.

The former TS Galaxy prodigy was officially unveiled to media and sponsors as a new Usuthu player on Tuesday in Umhlanga. The club was also launching their new kit and outlining its plans for the new season.

Speaking to FARPost, the South African international said as much as he grew up in Johannesburg, moving to Usuthu is bigger than anything as it brings him closer to his family, and that’s why it was easy to accept an offer from AmaZulu.

The former Parktown Boys High [in Johannesburg] student revealed that his mother hails from Maritzburg.

“It has always been a dream of mine to grow in football, and if deals come, it happens, but if it doesn’t, you have to look at other better options, which is AmaZulu,” he said.

He believes the move to Usuthu will help him “to take my career to another level and be closer to my other family.”

“I’m very excited to be here, to be in this team. It is also my home as much as I’ve grown up in Johannesburg. I’m looking forward to playing in KZN, a province where my mom comes from, so it was easy to make that decision,” he explained.

After his breakout season – the Covid-19 Bio-Bubble term – he secured a place in the national team, featuring in all but one 2022 World Cup qualifiers under Hugo Broos. However, after struggling to command a regular place at The Rockets last season, he lost his place in Bafana.

His new coach Brandon Truter knows how much he is eager to regain his form and get back into the national side. The former Swallows coach has made a commitment to assist the player to rediscover his form.

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