Elevation

AMAZULU FC are ready to represent KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa in the CAF champions league.

- By Esethu Njenjani

It is that time of the year again where South African soccer teams announce their new players for the new season. The 2021/2021 season is upon us, and several soccer teams have announced their new players, coaches, and technical staff. The Kwazulu-Natal based teams Amazulu FC have made several changes, signing new players and letting off some players; this is in preparatio­n for the new season ahead of us.

“We are working not only on strengthen­ing the squad but also creating requisite balance, given the demands of the coming season,” Usuthu president, Sandile Zungu said when addressing the media about the club’s plan for the upcoming season.

Amazulu FC performed beyond expectatio­ns in the 2020/2021 season, and their fans are expecting them to raise the bar and maintain the good record they have set for themselves. McCarthy mentioned it would not be an easy season for them, as all PSL teams are hungry for the trophy to secure a spot in the top 8 and, most importantl­y, secure a place in the top 3. McCarthy, Amazulu FC head coach, emphasized the importance of discipline, dedication, and hard work to maintain the excellent standard they have set for themselves. McCarthy said this when addressing the players and technical staff upon his arrival from Edinburg, Scotland.

The team had previously reported its coach is on vacation with his family, and he was expected to return a week before the training commenced. Still, McCarthy was reported to be missing from training sessions. When the technical team was asked about the whereabout­s of McCarthy, they said he will be back before the end of July and indeed, he was spotted in some parts of KwaZulu Natal, heading to the clubhouse on the 24th of

July, 2021. “I am back from my vacation because I had to quarantine for 10 days in the UK after the season finished because South Africa is on the red-zone list. So, that was the reason for me to come back to training later than the rest of the coaching team. I have been back now and the team is looking good,” McCarthy added as he was addressing the club’s media upon his arrival.

This confirms that McCarthy is back and ready to lead “Usuthu” as they prepare to represent the province and the country in the CAF champions league matches. Formed in 1932 by Zulu migrant workers, the club was originally known as Zulu Royals. The club’s nickname, ‘Usuthu’, is a Zulu war cry.

Amazulu Fc started the 2021/2021 season with a 2-1 defeat against Cape Town City on the 15th of August 2021, in MTN8 quarter-finals taking centre stage, Lehlohonol­o Mojoro scored for Amazulu, but his goal was not enough to secure Usuthu a spot in the MTN8 semi-finals.

The league matches will kick off on the 20th of August. Reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns

This confirms that McCarthy is back and ready to lead “Usuthu” as they prepare to represent the province and the country in the CAF champions league matches. Formed in 1932 by Zulu migrant workers, the club was originally known as Zulu Royals. The club’s nickname, ‘Usuthu’, is a Zulu war cry.

locking horns with last season’s runners-up AmaZulu FC on Friday, the 20th of August. Amazulu will play locally and in the continent, as they will participat­e in the CAF champions league. Amazulu FC will be participat­ing for the first time in history in the CAF champions league. This is history in the making for the Durban-based team.

In preparatio­n for the upcoming season, Amazulu FC confirmed that they had signed new players who will help the team succeed in the upcoming season. The club president mentioned that they have signed seven new players.

Amazulu FC signed the following players: Keagan Buchanan, Philani Zulu, Mxolisi Kunene, Tercious Malepe, Tshepang Moremi, Mattarr Ceesay and Lindani Shange.

“We are working not only on strengthen­ing the squad but also creating requisite balance, given the demands of the coming season,” Usuthu president, Sandile Zungu said when addressing the media about the club’s plan for the upcoming season.

This will be an exciting season for many South African football fans, players, and coaches. McCarthy wants to prove himself as one of the South African greatest coaches; the question is: Does he have what it takes to prove himself? Can Amazulu pass the CAF champions league groups stages? Will the team be able to retain its position in the upcoming season? All eyes are fixed on the 2021/2021 season; that is when we will get all our answers. The final round of league fixtures for 2021/22 is provisiona­lly scheduled for the 21st of May 2022, and the PSL is expected to release the full fixtures soon. “Hebe! Usuthu!” “Usuthu!”

Amazulu Technical team:

Head coach: Benni McCarthy

Assistant coach: Siyabonga Nomvete

Goal keeper coach: Moenneb Josephs

Team Manager: Qedi Dlamini

Photo by Fancy Crave on Unsplash

“Football is like life. It requires perseveran­ce, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” — Vince Lombardi

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