Simelane the perfect fit for DHL Stormers

PUBLISHED: February 8, 2024

One of Wandisile Simelane’s teammates and close friends Hacjivah Dayimani is convinced that the midfielder will fit in perfectly at the DHL Stormers.

Since making the move to Cape Town at the start of the year, Simelane has been integrating himself into the DHL Stormers environment and systems at training.

While yet to make his official debut, he has been training well and having played with him before, Dayimani is confident that his former schoolmate will thrive in the DHL Stormers set-up.

“I went to school with him from Grade 8, we went into hostel together and we played for the Emirates Lions together so we know each other really well and I am very excited about what could come out of Wandisile’s move to the DHL Stormers,” said Dayimani.

“The way we play is definitely a style that suits him and I think he is going to excel playing for the DHL Stormers. He is already loving the culture and the vibe, and of course, he’s with his best friend,” he added.

Dayimani joined the DHL Stormers in 2021 and has been hugely impressive, with his pace and unique skillset giving the team even more x-factor.

He credits the coaching staff for improving him as a player over the last three years and feels confident that they will be able to do the same for Simelane.

“Defensively I have improved a lot since moving to the DHL Stormers. Norman Laker is very passionate and also extremely one-on-one based in his approach. He is passionate about improving each player he works with and making them defensively strong as individuals,” said the loose-forward.

“Wandi will definitely improve here and I told him he has made the best decision ever, only maybe a few years later than he wanted to. He has got so much X-factor and so much talent and if he works hard and fulfills that talent I am convinced he could be one of the best players this country has ever seen. Particularly if he works on the aspects of his game that I know he will,” added Dayimani.

Simelane’s natural talent has been clear for everyone to see since his junior days, but it is the future that looks especially bright for the fleet-footed centre as he settles into life as a DHL Stormer.