Cavin Johnson says AmaZulu's next opponents, Bloemfontein Celtic, "have a very good team". Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Cavin Johnson is confident that AmaZulu will survive relegation despite the club’s poor results in their last eight matches.

Usuthu are one of the country’s oldest professional sides, having been formed way back in 1932.

They owe their presence in the Absa Premiership to buying the elite league status of National First Division (NFD) champions Thanda Royal Zulu in June after being relegated in 2014/15.

At the weekend, Usuthu ended their seven-match winless run by beating SuperSport United 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium courtesy of goals by Siyabonga Nomvethe and Ovidy Karuru.

The win propelled them to 13th on the table, three points more than bottom-placed Platinum Stars. And they have two games in hand.

“We want to make King Zwelithini a slaughter house, and I’m confident you will still see my team in the PSL next season.

“It is going to be a fight to stay up, but we will build and get better. King Zwelithini will see us next season,” Johnson said after the win.

Usuthu had gone three months without a victory before the weekend win. Their last triumph was back in October at Mamelodi Sundowns.

AmaZulu next host Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

“I’m not sure about Celtic not doing well. Have they got more points than me? No, which means they are doing okay.

“If they’ve got more points than me, then they are doing okay. We will go back to the drawing board and analyse their team because they’ve got a very good team.

“We will work out how we will play against them and how we will beat them. Let’s see what happens on Wednesday,” Johnson elaborated.

The coach also admitted that he was worried about his future when results were not going his way. “You’ll always get worried as a coach if results are not going your way. From the beginning of the season, I was worried.

“There’s never someone who doesn’t get worried. If the coach tells you that he is not worried, he is not a coach.”


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