Tired of watching AmaZulu struggling season after season, Usuthu president Sandile Zungu wants the fortunes of the 88-year-old KwaZulu/Natal club to change and finish in a respectable position at the end of this season.
And Zungu, who has described AmaZulu as an ‘exciting project’ after acquiring 100 percent ownership of the club from Dr Patrick Sokhela, continues to beef up the team.
‘‘This is a very interesting phase in this once mighty club as greatness has to be achieved. We have added two very key players,’’ Zungu said referring to the signing of goalkeeper Veli Mothwa from Chippa United and attacking midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi, who is on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.
‘‘Some of you will remember that when we started with our rebuilding we strengthened the team in various departments. There was, however, a glaring gap in the goalkeeping department. Mr (Siviwe) Mpengesi from Chippa United agreed to release Veli Mothwa to AmaZulu Football Club.
‘‘Phakamani Mahlambi is a fine young gentleman, who has been loaned to us by Mamelodi Sundowns. Phakamani is one of those very bright, young and prolific players whose potential is among the best in the soccer fraternity. AmaZulu Football Club are the right platform for him to prove his credentials.
‘‘In our endeavour to rebuild AmaZulu Football Club we have to focus on the administration and the playing side. We can justly claim that we are a balanced team as we seek to compete in the Premier Soccer League.’’
Zungu re-iterated the need to treat AmaZulu playing personnel with respect in an effort to make sure that they deliver on the field.
‘‘These are the team’s important assets and they have to be paid on time. When they travel they are promised quality accommodation and they have to get that. We are renowned as a conscientious member of society,’’ he said.
Currently, AmaZulu are 10th on the DStv Premiership table with only one win, two draws and two losses.
Usuthu, who are coached by Ayanda Dlamini and assisted by Allan Freese, are travelling to Venda for a clash against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Thohoyandou Stadium at 18h00 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Zungu also announced Tshepiso Mofokeng as Usuthu’s new general manager.
‘‘I’m very glad Mr Mofokeng that of all options you had you decided to come to AmaZulu Football Club,’’ Zungu said.
Written by Monwabisi Jimlongo