Defender, Bongani Kama has attributed the impressive start of his career in the elite league to the family environment at Chippa United.

Kama (26) has formed a solid partnership with an experienced James Okwoasa in the heart of defence that has leaked only two goals in the opening five games of the season.

The Port Elizabeth-based side has conceded one goal so far in the league, with two games played and one in three in the MTN8.

Born in Uitenhage just outside of Port Elizabeth, Kama has earned rave reviews from the fans and pundits alike.

“The family environment I found on my arrival here at the Club made it easy for me to settle in. There is a good vibe here from Management to the fans.

Kama was invited for trials after an impressive performance for neighbours, Mthatha Bucks towards the end of last season.

“I found most of the guys like Zeph (Zephaniah Mbokoma), Strydom Wambi, etc in the team and these were the guys I knew from Cape Town during my days with FC Cape Town.

“They were happy to see me and together with other senior players encouraged me during trial.

“I am delighted at the opportunity to represent Chippa United, I would like to thank the Management and Technical Team for believing in me.

“As a child of the Eastern Cape, I have no doubt that my presence here will encourage many  youngsters in my province to work even harder to achieve their dreams of playing at a professional level.

Kama is also aware that after only five games in the PSL he still has a lot to learn, “I still have a lot of work to do and I never tell myself I have arrived.

“I am working on my tactical awareness, shifting, one v one situations and cover defence.

“I am currently taking lot of information both from Head Coach (Dan Malesela ) and our Assistant Coach,  (Mbuyiselo Sambo) who also played as a centre back.

Kama and company will be hoping to keep their momentum this season when they visit Baroka FC at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

“We are playing a side high on confidence following their win against Platinum Stars over the weekend. They have an element of surprise in their game.

“One moment they are playing it short, then a long one. We just need to be alert,” he told chippautdfc.co.za after the afternoon training session in Polokwane on Tuesday.

“We must continue to play as a Team and like the Coach said, we must remain focused. We must continue to stick to the fundamentals of our game, if we do that I have no doubt we will go far this season,”

Kama also expressed his gratitude to his former team, “I would like to thank everyone at Mthatha Bucks for the opportunity. I was made to feel at home from day one and I wish them all the best during the season,”

Kick off for Baroka FC vs Chippa United is at 19h30