AMAZULU caretaker coach Ayanda Dlamini believes that playing with confidence will be the fuel that will drive the team out of the relegation quagmire in the final stretch of the PSL campaign.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Usuthu in the league this season after occupying the basement of the standings for the better part of the season as they failed to hit top gear – despite the club replacing Cavin Johnson with Jozef Vukusic. The Serbian though barely lived up to his lofty billing as the Durban-based team only amassed 20 points in 23 matches before Saturday. Due to the underwhelming record, Vukusic was placed on “special leave”.
Since then, assistant coach Dlamini, who has been assisted by veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, has been responsible for barking instructions from the touchline. Things got off to an impressive start for the coaching duo, causing the biggest upset of the weekend as AmaZulu defeated log leaders Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 away.
“It was a very good win, one that we desperately needed. We played against the best in the league considering they are No 1 on the log. So, we knew coming here was going to be very difficult, but the boys showed a very good fighting spirit,” said Dlamini on Saturday. | Mihlali Baleka