PRETORIA – Having seen him impress on debut, coach Cavin Johnson has challenged Camaldine Abraw to open his scoring account in their next match.
The former Kaizer Chiefs striker showed some good touches in the green and white of AmaZulu against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday and now Johnson wants him to do what they signed him for, find the opposition net.
“For a guy who only joined the team a week ago, I think he played really well. We expected him to play at least 70 minutes because we had Rhulani (Manzini) on the bench,” Johnson said.
“He is a thorough professional and he is clearly fit. He was playing in Romania for a while before joining us so we didn’t doubt his fitness. The question we had was whether he will collaborate well with the rest of the team. We wondered, will he fit in? And so we played him for the 90 minutes and he showed that he is capable of playing fast and making those runs into the holes that we wanted him to.”
The Togolose impressed Johnson in other ways too.
“He is also capable of keeping the opposition at sixes and sevens, that was very impressive. The only thing he didn’t do was put the ball into the back of the net. But maybe in the next game he will do just that against Polokwane City.”
City should be in high spirits after snatching a point at SuperSport United thanks to a last minute goal by Puleng Tlolane on Wednesday night. And the fact that they will be at home will give them even more confidence.
The travelling, however, worries Johnson a bit.
“We are on the road again. We are playing back to back games every three days and we have a team of 25 or 30 players and 90% of the time they are not all game ready. That's the situation we find ourselves in.
“Whether we would have physically recovered from the 90 minutes that we've just played now, we have to see,” he lamented.
And with SuperSport following immediately thereafter, things could get a little tricky for the KZN side.
“I am sitting with a conundrum. Do I go with the same team to Polokwane City and SuperSport United? Are the others capable of playing competition at a high level when everyone is looking for points? That's another area that I have to think about.
“We will go there with maybe 24 players and make sure that we do our best on the road. Again we've been telling ourselves that everybody needs points. It’s a funny league this season. Everybody needs points whether you are top, bottom or mid-table.”
And he is hoping his new acquisition Abraw helps AmaZulu garner them all to improve their lot on the standings.