DURBAN - Amazulu are done and dusted in the transfer window market. The club has acquired the services of goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, experienced left-back Marc van Heerden, industrious midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi and Argentinian Emiliano Tade.
“We are done in the market. The only thing we are looking at now is to place our players into other clubs (on loan) because the squad is quite big. In terms of signings, we won’t be signing anymore,” club official Lunga Sokhela said. “We started signing as early as January and February, preparing for the new season. Now, we are happy with squad that we have. It is a competitive squad. It is balanced in each and every position. We are not looking at any other players."
Usuthu exceeded expectations last season finishing in the top eight in their first season back in the top flight, but have since been thrown out of the top half due to the Tendai Ndoro saga. Ndoro breached the Fifa rule, playing for three clubs in one season. His club, Ajax Cape Town, were then docked points which changed the Absa Premiership log standings.
The coach at AmaZulu, Cavin Johnson, explained why they opted for experienced campaigners when they strengthened their team for the new season. “We went for experience but we also promoted two other youngsters that were playing in the Multichoice Diski Challenge," he said.
“We didn’t do a pre-season last season. We’ve done a pre-season this season. We struggled last season in some moments and we also got it right in some moments but we need to get it right more often.
“For that we brought in these players. They will help us get the brand of AmaZulu to where we want it to be. I think we can compete and give the league chasers and the top teams in the PSL a better run for their money."
Usuthu willl open their account in the league against Baroka FC at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi in Durban on August 4.@Minenhlecr7